Linux Wireless card RT61 no scan results

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Q. I followed the instructions outlined here, but still no luck. I am not getting any scan results for my wireless RT61 card.

A. First, make sure the driver is loaded correctly. Use lsmod command to verify driver is loaded:

# lsmod | grep -i rt61
Output:

rt61                  251840  1

If driver is not loaded use insmod command to load rt61 driver (kernel 2.6.xx.xx):
# insmod rt61.ko

Next you must know:
=> Your SSID/ESSID
=> Your wireless operating mode
=> Your operating frequency or channel
=> Your encryption or scrambling keys

Use iwconfig command to assign these values:
# iwconfig ra0 essid mywlan
# iwconfig ra0 mode Managed
# iwconfig ra0 channel 3
# iwconfig ra0 key 47b2233444d1xy55a1194lchjk8

Now try to scan your card again:
# iwlist ra0 scanning

Posted by: Vivek Gite

The author is the creator of nixCraft and a seasoned sysadmin, DevOps engineer, and a trainer for the Linux operating system/Unix shell scripting. Get the latest tutorials on SysAdmin, Linux/Unix and open source topics via RSS/XML feed or weekly email newsletter.