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Re: wireless network problems

I think I will give gnome a try. Thanks.


linux@austrialpinusa.com wrote:


Citát Tim Folger <tfolger@myrealbox.com>:

Hi Andy,

Thanks for your advice. My Orinoco gold card uses128-bit encryption, but a wireless gateway I use (called the RG-1000, manufactured by Lucent) specifies a five-character-long alphanumeric key for both computers on my home network. So I'm not sure how I would go about converting that to a 26-character key. If you have any advice I'd appreciate it.

I also tried entering my wireless settings in /etc/pcmcia/wireless.opts, but I must have messed something up: my card seemed to work--it lit up--but KDE refused to load. So now I'm about to reinstall woody. I'm
Just a note on KDE... I have an instalation on an awfully slow machine and I do like to load to GNOME since it works more stable than KDE in my case, at least the applications will run :( if I need to use and KDE application I either do it from term window by calling it`s name lets say I want to modify a user ; after I log in as a root I call "kuser" command. Well, try gnome...

wondering if it would be worthwhile to do a very minimal installation, and then upgrade to sarge or sid (using my painfully slow dial-up connection)? Would a dist-upgrade also upgrade the kernel?

I can't do lsmod right now because I'm (arrgh) using Windows, but I think during installation I installed the hermes and orinoco modules.

I notice that in your /etc/network/interfaces file you have "auto eth1." I thought I had read somewhere that including that line would interfere with the pcmcia module, so I didn't' include it in my file.


Andy Firman wrote:

Damn...just realized I sent this to debian-user
by mistake on Sunday.

See below for my response to your question.

Sorry for the lateness....

On Sun, Dec 21, 2003 at 12:56:55PM -0500,  wrote:

On Sat, Dec 20, 2003 at 07:54:54PM -0700, Tim Folger wrote:
I'm relatively new to Linux, and have installed debian woody with the bf2.4 kernel. I'm having trouble getting my orinoco wireless card to work. The card beeps during startup, and its green light flickers, but doesn't stay on. When I run iwconfig eth1 the output gives the correct essid and nickname, but says that the encryption key is turned off, even though I've specified a key in /etc/network/interfaces. Here's what I've entered in /etc/network/interfaces:

iface eth1 inet dhcp
wireless_essid (my network name)
wireless_mode managed
wireless_key (a combination of five numbers and letters)
wireless_nick (computer's nickname)
wireless_channel 10

Is there another parameter I need to enter to turn on wireless encryption? Or am I missing something else?
I have the same card.
Are you using 40 or 128 bit encryption?

Have you tried setting encryption manually?

Such as:
~$ iwconfig eth1 enc 01234567890123456789123456

(for 128 bit encryption there are 26 characters needed and for
the 40 bit encryption there are 10 characters needed...I think...
so if you are using only 5 characters...that may be the problem)

Also, have you played around with /etc/pcmcia/wireless.opts ?
I don't use the interfaces file for the wireless settings like you do. All my configuration in in wireless.opts
and the only thing in my interfaces file is this:

auto eth1
iface eth1 inet dhcp

One other thing, I remember vaguely having trouble with the bf24 kernel and wireless. Maybe you can try to do a custom kernel?

Also what do you have for modules?

This is what I have when I do lsmod:

orinoco_cs              4724   1
orinoco                37140   0 [orinoco_cs]
hermes                  6020   0 [orinoco_cs orinoco]

Hope this gets you started in the right direction.


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