Wireless Success on CentOS 7 with ath5k

[travnewmatic@localhost ~]$ sudo lspci | grep Wireless
05:00.0 Ethernet controller: Qualcomm Atheros AR2413/AR2414 Wireless Network Adapter [AR5005G(S) 802.11bg] (rev 01)

…was no work out of the box.  Ethernet was sufficient since my computer is located near the router.  My D-Link DWA-1320 wireless PCI card has been a champ ever since I’ve owned it.  Its handled everything from XP, to Win7, to OS X SL, multiple versions of Ubuntu and Debian..  but oddly enough was not ready out of the box with CentOS.  I was determined, did a bit of Googling and viola!  Found the driver in a package in the ELRepo.org repository.  Installed the ‘kmod-ath5k’ package, restarted, and wireless worked!

Thanks ELRepo.org!

Updated repolist:

[travnewmatic@localhost ~]$ sudo yum repolist
[sudo] password for travnewmatic: 
Loaded plugins: fastestmirror, langpacks
Loading mirror speeds from cached hostfile
 * base: mirror-centos.hostingswift.com
 * elrepo: ftp.utexas.edu
 * elrepo-extras: ftp.utexas.edu
 * elrepo-kernel: ftp.utexas.edu
 * epel: mirrors.tummy.com
 * extras: centos.mirror.lstn.net
 * nux-dextop: mirror.li.nux.ro
 * rpmforge: mirror.nexcess.net
 * rpmforge-extras: mirror.nexcess.net
 * updates: dallas.tx.mirror.xygenhosting.com
repo id                   repo name                                       status
base/7/x86_64             CentOS-7 – Base                                 8,465
elrepo                    ELRepo.org Community Enterprise Linux Repositor    53
elrepo-extras             ELRepo.org Community Enterprise Linux Extras Re     3
elrepo-kernel             ELRepo.org Community Enterprise Linux Kernel Re    21
epel/x86_64               Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux 7 – x86_64  5,610
extras/7/x86_64           CentOS-7 – Extras                                  30
google-chrome             google-chrome                                       3
google-talkplugin         google-talkplugin                                   1
nux-dextop/x86_64         Nux.Ro RPMs for general desktop use             1,301
nux-dextop-testing/x86_64 Nux.Ro RPMs for general desktop use – testing       5
rpmforge                  RHEL 7 – RPMforge.net – dag                       245
rpmforge-extras           RHEL 7 – RPMforge.net – extras                     10
updates/7/x86_64          CentOS-7 – Updates                                736
virtualbox/7/x86_64       Oracle Linux / RHEL / CentOS-7 / x86_64 – Virtu     1
repolist: 16,484

I heart CentOS 7

So I’ve been using CentOS 7 as my desktop OS for a few days now.  Made significant headway in the edX Linux intro course, and things are going very very well.  Since the course uses CentOS 6.5, I’ve created a virtual machine (in virtual box) to fiddle with and to do the activities in.  However, CentOS 7 is current and of course I couldn’t see any reason not to use the latest and greatest for my own self.

Why do I like it?

No stability issues like I was having under Debian.  Granted, I’m not using the Nvidia drivers I was using on the Debian install so that may have something to do with it.  Zero freezes, can’t complain.

Opportunity to learn something new, its an industry standard.  Good prep for the RHEL cert maybe?

Great additional repos!  Skype in a repo?  I’ll take it!

[travnewmatic@localhost ~]$ yum repolist
Loaded plugins: fastestmirror, langpacks
Loading mirror speeds from cached hostfile
 * base: mirrors.centarra.com
 * epel: mirrors.tummy.com
 * extras: mirror-centos.hostingswift.com
 * nux-dextop: mirror.li.nux.ro
 * rpmforge: mirror.us.leaseweb.net
 * updates: centosc5.centos.org
repo id                          repo name                                                         status
base/7/x86_64                    CentOS-7 – Base                                                   8,465
epel/x86_64                      Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux 7 – x86_64                    5,740
extras/7/x86_64                  CentOS-7 – Extras                                                    30
google-chrome                    google-chrome                                                         3
google-talkplugin                google-talkplugin                                                     1
nux-dextop/x86_64                Nux.Ro RPMs for general desktop use                               1,276
rpmforge                         RHEL 7 – RPMforge.net – dag                                         245
updates/7/x86_64                 CentOS-7 – Updates                                                  726
virtualbox/7/x86_64              Oracle Linux / RHEL / CentOS-7 / x86_64 – VirtualBox                  1
repolist: 16,487