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Old 10-21-2009, 05:47 AM   #1
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Unable to connect to wireless router - Fedora 11 x86 64-bit


Hello, earlier last night I put Linux on my machine for the first time in a long time.
I have little to not experience using the Linux operating system (of any distro).

Story:
I originally was using a "LiveCD" version from a USB flash-drive just to see how it was.
I was unable to connect to my Wireless Router, and was rather confused, so I installed it to the harddrive. It still wouldn't connect and after an hour of fiddling around, I got it to connect. I immediently decided to let it do all 367 updates, and it froze part-way through, so I powered down the machine physically and turned it back on, and it was unable to complete installing all the packages because one was "already installed" but another was saying the "already installed" one wasn't installed... so! I decided to reinstall Fedora 11 (64-bit edition)!

This time around, I tried doing the same stuff, and it still isn't connecting to the wireless router. I'm unable to spoof my MAC address and have it connect, which is what I need to log onto the router.

Summarization:
I installed Fedora 11 64-bit edition. I ran into a problem, reinstalled it.
Was unable to connect ot the wireless router the second time around.

The way the wireless router is setup is:
If you aren't listed on the MAC addresses, you cannot connect.
It isn't "hidden" though, and there isn't a security key required to logon.

I'm unable (for some reason) to spoof the MAC address and have it connect.
However! I am able to log on using a wired router without any issues.

Can anybody steer me in the proper direction? Thanks.
PS: I'm using the GNOME Desktop environment, and NetworkManager? to change the network settings.
 
Old 10-21-2009, 05:52 AM   #2
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I'm unable (for some reason) to spoof the MAC address and have it connect.
Why don't you add the mac address in the router ?
 
Old 10-21-2009, 05:56 AM   #3
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Why don't you add the mac address in the router ?
The (physical) MAC address is already, I was trying to understand more about MAC spoofing and Linux.
It's not that I'm trying to get on the internet with the wireless router, as you can clearly see, I'm on.

Is there any way to make it spoof and connect? I know it's possible, I did it before I reinstalled Fedora 11 64-bit.

Last edited by Resist; 10-21-2009 at 06:03 AM.
 
Old 10-22-2009, 04:51 AM   #4
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Update: I fixed my problem last night on my own! Thanks anyways.

Apparently the "Network Connections" GUI is fudged when it comes to spoofing your MAC address.
The solution (what I did to get it to work):

Open a terminal, become the root, and type the following:
Right click on the network connections -> disable (both Wireless/wired)

- ifconfig wlan0 down (turns off the Wireless device)
- ifconfig wlan0 hw ether 00:00:00:00:00:00 (the very end is the new MAC address you want to use)
- ifconfig wlan0 up (turns ON the Wireless device)

Right click on the network connections -> enable, and presto! It works great!

Last edited by Resist; 10-22-2009 at 04:52 AM. Reason: Added the red colors!
 
  


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