In order to install Intel Corporation PRO/Wireless 2200BG Network Connection network interface on debian 4.0 etch do following steps:
1)
apt-get install module-assistant
2) run module-assistant, compile and install ipw2200 module
At this point you are half way there, because you will see following error message:
ipw2200: Intel(R) PRO/Wireless 2200/2915 Network Driver, 1.1.2kmq
ipw2200: Copyright(c) 2003-2006 Intel Corporation
ipw2200: Detected Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG Network Connection
ipw2200: ipw2200-bss.fw request_firmware failed: Reason -2
ipw2200: Unable to load firmware: -2
ipw2200: failed to register network device
ipw2200: probe of 0000:02:0b.0 failed with error -5

so you will also need to install firmware.
3) download http://ipw2200.sourceforge.net/firmware.php?fid=7 for you driver version
4) uncompress the file and copy content into /lib/firmware
Correctly installed modules and firmware will produce following lines on the boot screen or by dmesg
ipw2200: Intel(R) PRO/Wireless 2200/2915 Network Driver, 1.2.0mq
ipw2200: Copyright(c) 2003-2006 Intel Corporation
cs: IO port probe 0x100-0x3af: clean.
cs: IO port probe 0x3e0-0x4ff: excluding 0x4d0-0x4d7
cs: IO port probe 0x820-0x8ff: clean.
cs: IO port probe 0xc00-0xcf7: clean.
cs: IO port probe 0xa00-0xaff: clean.
ACPI: PCI Interrupt 0000:06:04.0[A] -> GSI 22 (level, low) -> IRQ 225
ipw2200: Detected Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG Network Connection
ipw2200: Detected geography ZZD (13 802.11bg channels, 0 802.11a channels)

5) apt-get install wireless-tools
6) run iwconfig and you should see something like this:
eth2 unassociated ESSID:off/any
Mode:Managed Channel=0 Access Point: Not-Associated
Bit Rate:0 kb/s Tx-Power=20 dBm Sensitivity=8/0
Retry limit:7 RTS thr:off Fragment thr:off
Encryption key:off
Power Management:off
Link Quality:0 Signal level:0 Noise level:0
Rx invalid nwid:0 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid frag:0
Tx excessive retries:0 Invalid misc:0 Missed beacon:0

7) now that everything is ready amend /etc/network/interfaces file and add following lines to use a static ip address:
auto eth2
iface eth2 inet static
address 10.1.1.7
netmask 255.0.0.0
network 10.0.0.0
broadcast 10.255.255.255
gateway 10.1.1.1
wireless-essid *your essid*
wireless-mode Managed
wireless-key *your key*



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