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Subjectacquireing IP address via DHCP

I have a question about WLAN: how does Linux recognize that it has entered
a 802.11 network? and how does it acquire an IP address via DHCP

I've successfully configured the DHCP server and the mobile host to work
together. However I want to know the detailed procesures carried out, such
as how scan/authentication/association is triggered, how dhclient is

My machine is a RH9 with kernel 2.4.26 or 2.6.7 (wireless extensions
used), and the wireless adapter is Linksys WUSB11 v2.8 (driver from

Any information'd be appreciated.
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