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Re: connecting to WPA wireless network with ipw2100

On Wednesday 31 March 2010 04:31:33 pm Seb wrote:
> 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

if you read  the  output from'dmesg', grep for 'ipw211'  you should see if the 
firmware loaded. Mine hear fails to load same mini pci card.

If the drivers and firmware get loaded for a wireless nic card you will see an 
interface using 'iwconfig'.  If you don't see an interface you can't use the 
wirelesss-tools commands.
'iwlist <interface> scan', ...etc.

i had trouble with getting WAP to work, but MAC filtering worked. 


Greg Madden

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