Tuesday, January 20, 2009

And finally...we've got wireless in Tiny Core

Yes, I now have a wireless internet connection in the "traditional" install of Tiny Core Linux 1.1 RC1 which I have installed on a logical partition on the 16 GB drive of my EeePC 901.
The key was to create the driver (rt2860sta.ko.gz) in a TinyCore VM (in VMware Server) and then upload it to cl1p.net, using Opera in the TC VM.
Then in the traditional install, add this file to /lib/modules/2.6.26-tinycore/drivers/net/wireless (the last three directories of which I had to create myself).
To get the driver to work, I needed to install wpa-supplicant and (in order, in particular) to get the iwconfig command in TC) wireless_tools.
In addition, I needed to do the same CLI configuration that I did with DSL 4.1.2 and Puppy Linux:

ifconfig ra0 up
iwconfig ra0 key open
iwconfig ra0 key abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz
iwconfig ra0 essid "zyxwvu"
ifconfig ra0 netmask
route add default gw


  1. Hey, thanks for the guide, I am having a hell of time getting it working on my 901.

    When you say "upload it to cl1p.net" where is it exactly? Which folder is it in?


  2. cl1p.net is just an online clipboard where you can copy any file (up to 30 MB in size) on one computer (or OS) and then (immediately) make it available on any other computer with an internet connection.
    To use it, just type "cl1p.net" (note that it's "cl1p" and not "clip") into the blank address bar of your browser and it'll open.