Re: connecting to WPA wireless network with ipw2100
----- Original Message -----
From: Seb <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wednesday, March 31, 2010 8:32 pm
Subject: connecting to WPA wireless network with ipw2100
> Hello all!
> I just aquired an IBM Thinkpad X31 laptop and have to work out the
> wireless (amongst other things). The firmware (firmware-ipw2x00) and
> drivers are installed and working (I think).
> dojo:~# lspci | grep -i wireless
> 02:02.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation PRO/Wireless LAN
> 2100 3B Mini PCI Adapter (rev 04)
> I'm using wicd from the lenny-backports since I had very good
> experiences with wicd on my other machines. However, if I try and
> connect to my wireless - WPA-TKIP, Mixed mode (B and G) - I keep
> getting the message: "Connection failed: Could not contact the
> wireless access point." I'm positive the WAP is up and running since
> I'm writing this here from my other machine through it.
> Syslog contains some dhclient messages that look like this:
> 00:57:52 dhclient: Listening on LPF/eth2/00:04:23:96:55:2a
> 00:57:52 dhclient: Sending on LPF/eth2/00:04:23:96:55:2a
> 00:57:52 dhclient: Sending on Socket/fallback
> And that's all that sticks out to me...
> Any hints/tips/clues much appreciated, let me know if you need any
> more info.
> TIA, Sebi
Proving that your wireless card can communicate with your access point would be a good first step. You can see if your card is picking up the access point by installing the wireless-tools package and then running this command:
You should see information about every access point within an acceptable range of your laptop. If your access point shows up, then at least you know that it is not a driver problem. If it does not show up, or if you can't even get iwscan to work, then you might have a driver problem or some bad hardware.
I have a laptop with an Intel Corporation PRO/Wireless 2200BG wireless card and it works fine on my WPA-TKIP wireless network using the ipw2200 driver. (AP is a Linksys WAP54G).
Hope this helps.