Dell Inspiron 6000 and FC5 Wireless Experience

Wow, this took me a good two hours to figure out.

Luckily a had a wired LAN available to search Google to figure out how to get my Wireless card working. After installation of FC5, I could see “Intel Corporation Pro/Wireless 2200 BG” in my Network Configuration utility under the hardware section, but dmesg showed:

ipw2200: Intel(R) PRO/Wireless 2200/2915 Network Driver, git-1.1.1
ipw2200: Copyright(c) 2003-2006 Intel Corporation
ipw2200: Detected Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG Network Connection
ipw2200: ipw2200-bss.fw request_firmware failed: Reason -2
ipw2200: Unable to load firmware: -2
ipw2200: failed to register network device

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Connect to a Cisco VPN on Linux

Check out this: http://www.unix-ag.uni-kl.de/~massar/vpnc/, a more simple alternative to vphclient, see if you can get this working first.

yum install vpnc

Half way there. Next create a conf file at /etc/vpnc/my.conf (note, replace variables [var] with your values):

IPSec gateway [vpn_hostname]
IPSec ID [group_name]
IPSec secret [group_secret]
# your username goes here:
Xauth username [username]
# if you want to test rekeying specify nonzero seconds here:
#Rekeying interval 0

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