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For gentoo you need to download the firmware by doing:
After that, Wep, Wpa, Wpa2, all of these works out-of-the-box.
An small tip: Add the option below to your /etc/modules.d/ipw2200 or when you manually “modprobe ipw2200”.
options ipw2200 associate=0 led=1
These parameters tell the driver to:a) “associate=0” Do not try to associate to any wireless network when starting. That tip i got from LessWatts.org. It saves some power by waiting you manually associate (you can use NetworkManager) to a wireless network as normally people don’t let their wireless networks without some authetication (Wep or WPA).
b) “led=1” As most notebooks, my computer has a wireless led and a wireless “hard button” so i can shutdown the antenna by just pressing the button. The thing is if you dont use this parameter the LED will light up when you associate to some wireless network. I always think is good a idea to know whether you’r connected or not.
When compiling your kernel you can activate some features the driver provides, such as:
I have not tried yet but you can even try to patch the firmware for packet-injection attacks.http://tinyshell.be/aircrackng/forum/index.php?topic=400.0