For the Atheros AR5212 device, the driver shipped with the Cent OS-5.3 kernel (2.6.18-128.el5) causes an oops and does not work correctly.
With Cent OS-5.4 (kernel-2.6.18-164.el5 and upwards), these wireless devices operate correctly.
This will pull in dkms and a bunch of other dependencies required to build the madwifi kernel module.
In general this works but since the wireless driver will not be a native Linux kernel version, it may not have all the required functionality available.Then install the package manually using: rpm -Uhv If you don't have a network connection, simply download the firmware RPM packages named ipw2200-firmware from RPMforge at on another system and transfer the file using a USB stick.Then install the package manually using: rpm -Uhv That will pull in dkms and a bunch of other dependencies required to build the ipw3945 kernel module.You can find more information of your wireless hardware from the Linux Wireless website to get more information about the driver and the hardware support.We have listed some hardware that is supported, but would welcome more information to improve this wiki.
Although this page concentrates on laptops, much of the material is applicable to any wireless connection, regardless of platform.