I decided on using same thread because the big problem is still about wireless-tools > iwconfig.
Someone at the local user group installed wicd on my Compaq/broadcom4312, and it connected to a totally unsecured wireless network at the local hackerspace, but it always fails to obtain an IP at my home (currently wpa2/psk/aes).
I checked the bugs page < http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/pkgre...i?package=wicd
>, and maybe I'm experiencing an issue mentioned there, so I ditched wicd.
I made the following script (but I wasn't able to make it executable with chmod +x ; I'll deal with that later).
Following my script and keyboarding commands into a root terminal fails too, particularly at the "custom pass phrase" (what my 2wire router calls security). I read iwconfig doesn't do pass phrase but I'm unclear on hex vs ascii.
The access point never wants to associate.
So here is the script I had hoped I would boot with:
ifconfig wlan0 down
iwconfig wlan0 essid Mordor
iwconfig wlan0 channel 6
iwconfig wlan0 key restricted 2a3b4a5c
#this one bombs, I've tried different sets of digits, quotes,
# words, etc.here's the diagnostic:
#Error for wireless request "Set Encode" (8B2A) :
# SET failed on device wlan0 ; Invalid argument.
#not sure if master mode is appropriate...??
iwconfig wlan0 mode master
ifconfig wlan0 up
wpa_supplicant -Dwext -B -dd -K -h -v -w -N -iwlan0
Still, I feel too close to just bail on Debian and go Ubuntu.
Also, I just installed network-manager-gnome; I already was in netdev group, I tried restarting init.d/dbus, and still do not see a frontend.