Enable wireless on SliTaz

There are some guides available on how to install your wifi driver on SliTaz, like the official one. Recently I am having multiple laptops at home. So I had to move permanently to WiFi. Here’s what I did for enabling wireless on SliTaz:

  1. I have Ubuntu installed on my hard disk. So I strayed a bit and ran hwinfo --netcard (hwinfo was not installed so I installed it from Synaptic) to check my wireless card and which kernel module it is using on Ubuntu. My answer was iwlwifi.

  2. Booted into SliTaz from USB and ran dmesg. Found the following line:
    iwlagn 0000:03:00.0: Detected Intel(R)
    Centrino(R) Wireless-N 1000 BGN, REV=0x6C

    So, I have to find the driver for iwlwifi-1000. Rebooted into Ubuntu.

  3. Found suitable drivers at the following locations through Google (download from any one):
    http://intellinuxwireless.org/?n=Downloads
    http://distro.ibiblio.org/zenwalk/source/n/

  4. Downloaded, extracted and copied the driver in SliTaz USB. Booted into SliTaz and copied the driver file (for me it is iwlwifi-1000-3.ucode) to /lib/firmware.

  5. Modied the entries for wireless in /etc/notwork.conf as below:
    # Wifi connection.
    # Enable/disable wireless connection at boot time.
    WIFI="yes"
    # Wifi interface (iwconfig) and ESSID.
    WIFI_INTERFACE="wlan0"
    WIFI_ESSID="Airport"
    WIFI_MODE="managed"
    # Use your own WEP key here
    WIFI_KEY="DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD"
    WIFI_KEY_TYPE="wep"
    WPA_DRIVER="wext"
    WIFI_CHANNEL=""
    WIFI_IWCONFIG_ARGS=""
  6. Did a tazusb writefs and rebooted into SliTaz. Enabled wlan0 using the Network Manager applet.

Done!!! Now posting this blog from SliTaz via WiFi 😉