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Re: Help needed in getting WiFi working with Debian

Foss User wrote:
> I am using Squeeze. I run aptitude update; aptitude full-upgrade every
> day. I want to connect my laptop to the Wi-Fi I've setup in my home. I
> am able to connect to it using Windows but not using Debian. I know
> the SSID and WPA2-PSK key I have set. Channel of the router is set to
> 'Auto'. 'Broadcast SSID' is enabled.
> 1. I right clicked the network icon in the GNOME panel (Enable
> wireless is already checked) and selected 'Edit connections'.
> 2. 'Network Connections' window opened. In the 'Wired' tab, it showed
> 'eth1' which is okay since I am using ethernet now.
> 3. In the 'Wireless' tab it showed nothing.
> 4. But, now I don't know what to put in the BSSID and MAC fields.
> Some, useful outputs that might help you to help me.
> # lspci | grep -i net
> 02:00.0 Ethernet controller: Broadcom Corporation NetLink BCM5787M
> Gigabit Ethernet PCI Express (rev 02)
> 04:00.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation PRO/Wireless 3945ABG
> [Golan] Network Connection (rev 02)
> # iwconfig
> lo        no wireless extensions.
> eth1      no wireless extensions.
> irda0     no wireless extensions.
> wmaster0  no wireless extensions.
> wlan0     IEEE 802.11abg  ESSID:""
>           Mode:Managed  Frequency:2.412 GHz  Access Point: Not-Associated
>           Tx-Power=15 dBm
>           Retry min 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
> pan0      no wireless extensions.
> # iwlist scan
> lo        Interface doesn't support scanning.
> eth1      Interface doesn't support scanning.
> irda0     Interface doesn't support scanning.
> wmaster0  Interface doesn't support scanning.
> wlan0     Interface doesn't support scanning : Network is down
> pan0      Interface doesn't support scanning.
> My network is setup in this manner.
> DSL Line ---> ISP ADSL2 + Router ( --> Wireless Router
> ( ---> My laptops (Debian as well as Windows)
> Please help me to get wireless working with Debian (recentmost Squeeze).

You at least need the package firmware-iwlwifi. After which you should
bring wlan0 up.
	# ifconfig wlan0 up

Try again. FWIW, I prefer wicd to NM. For years now g-n-m has given me
nothing but problems.

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