Re: Wireless Setup Problem - Thanks
On Mon, Feb 23, 2009 at 12:57:14PM -0600, Stackpole, Chris wrote:
> > From: Thomas H. George [mailto:email@example.com]
> > Sent: Monday, February 23, 2009 12:35 PM
> > Subject: Wireless Setup Problem
> > I installed a Debian system including Gnome 2.22.3 on my OLPC (One
> > Laptop per Child) laptop from a usb drive and tried to make a wireless
> > connection to our LAN.
> > After numerous tries (details below) I succeeded yesterday afternoon.
> > Today nothing works. When I put the cursor on the network icon the
> > message "manual network configuration" appears and when I click on the
> > icon the message "no network devices have been found" appears. If I
> > open a terminal and enter iwconfig everything is just I left it
> > yesterday.
> > A part of the problem is that our LAN uses static ip addresses not
> > Yesterday I tried iwconfig and ip commands without success. Finally,
> > /usr/share/doc/wireless-tools/README.Debian I found I could edit
> > /etc/network/interfaces and add to the iface eth1 inet static stanza
> > lines
> > wireless-essid foo
> > wireless-mode ad-hoc
> > Immediately after I did this putting the cursor on the network icon
> > showed three signals - one for our lan and two for the neighbors. The
> > system connected to our lan and through the gateway to the internet.
> > As I said, today nothing works though iwconfig shows out essid and
> > ad-hoc and Link Quality=100/100 Signal Level=0 dBm Noise Lever= -96
> > What could have gone wrong?
> I am guessing that you are using network-manager. I usually like
> network-manager, but the one consistent problem I have had with
> network-manager has been setting manual IP addresses. You may want to
> consider installing WICD instead. I, and many others, have had great
> luck with WICD.
> Hope this helps!
> Have fun!
Thanks, Stack, and thanks to the other who elaborated. You were so
There is a debian package for lenny on the web site. I installed wicd
Monday night but then had to sign off to prepare for an all day meeting
Tuesday. This morning I brought up the system and - bingo - there was
the ethernet connection I had used for the download. I unplugged the
usb ethernet and within a minute wicd had brought up the wireless
connection. It just worked, no setup, no nothing. I couldn't of asked
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