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Re: How to set up WPA wireless networking

Daniel Schepler wrote:
First of all, I haven't really been able to find a good reference for how to set up wireless networking and wpasupplicant on Debian, so if there's something obvious out there that I've missed, I would be glad for pointers.

So on to the meat: I have been unable to get a consistently working configuration for my ipw2200 card, on Debian sid running 2.6.18. I only have one wireless network I ever want to connect to, so my current setup in /etc/network/interfaces is:

auto eth0 eth1 eth2
mapping eth0 eth1 eth2
    script /root/get-mac-address.sh
    map 00:03:0D:21:5C:2E ethernet
    map 00-03-0D-00-25-51-D8-36-00-00-00-00-00-00-00-00 ieee
    map 00:0E:35:AF:45:A6 wireless
iface ethernet inet dhcp
iface ieee inet manual
iface wireless inet dhcp
        wpa-ap-scan 1
        wpa-scan-ssid 1
        wpa-driver wext
        wpa-ssid linksys_***
        wpa-psk ***

Strangely, this occasionally works, but usually I get a failure to connect. So, what's wrong with this setup, and what do I need to do to get it working consistently?

Please reply to me directly, as I'm not subscribed to the list.

Why don't you try the nm-applet? If you have network-manager ( with network-manager-gnome and/or network-manager-kde) installed, nm-applet helps you connect to any availabe network. You can give your WEP or WPA passphrases while connecting. I guess you also have to have wpa_supplicant installed. I have this working in a Ubuntu laptop.

I also have WPA working on a desktop running Debian Etch and wpa_supplicant on XFCE (with no network-manager stuff). This was done via giving the network information in /etc/network/interfaces file in much the same way as you have done.


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