I finally got my wireless going, and I am able to connect to unencrypted networks. However, my own home network is using WEP, and I'd like to figure out why I can connect to unencrypted networks and not WEP encrypted ones.
I started by using wicd, and through wicd I can connect to whatever unencrypted network happens to be around. The signal is very spotty and inconsistent, which might just be a proximity issue.
After trying and failing to connect to my WEP network through wicd, I decided to set it up manually via command line.
The distro I am using is BackTrack 4, which is based on Ubuntu. (Formerly is was based on Slackware.)
Here is what I've tried:
sudo ifconfig wlan0 inet 192.168.1.6 netmask 255.255.255.0 ssid "test" bssid 00:XX:XX:XX:XX:XX channel 10 wepkey 1234567 weptxkey 1 wepmode mixed
ssid: Unknown host
ifconfig `--help gives usage information.
"weptxkey 1 wepmode mixed" -- I'm not sure what these two options should be for myself, but I saw this in another forum as a suggestion for someone else with this problem to try.
sudo dhcpcd wlan0
wlan0 802.11b/g link.. ESSID:"test"
Mode:Managed Channel=6 Access Point: 00:XX:XX:XX:XX:XX
Bit Rate=11 Mb/s Tx-Power=5 dBm
Retry:on Fragment thr:off
Link quality=85/100 Signal level=60 dBm Noise level=15 dBm
Rx invalid nwid:0 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid frag:0
Tx excessive retries:0 Invalid misc:0 Missed beacon:0
err, wlan0: timed out
warn, wlan0: using IPV4LL address 169.XXX.XXX.XXX
(The XXX's above are not what the actual output was.)
I hope this information is helpful...