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Old 02-17-2005, 09:38 PM   #1
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Best Tool for Wireless Management in Mandrake 10.1


My Wifi worked perfectly from install with Mandrake 10.1 on my home network (I'm using it right now), but I can't seem to get the settings to work with the wireless network at school, which requires a WEP key. I've been right-clicking on the network icon in the bottom-right menu and using that to change the settings, but either they're not sticking or they're not working correctly. I've read about other tools for confirguring wireless, but I can't find/use kwifimanager and drakroam just gives me a bunch of error messages. Is there any kind of graphical tool I can use to mess around with my settings until I find one that sticks? Are there any special tricks for connecting to secure networks?
 
Old 02-18-2005, 03:42 AM   #2
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Its good to learn command line instructions in linux as these frequently give better error/debugging messages as well as removing an additional application layer to the whole process of eradicating the problem. Basically its a three step process to connecting to a WEP-enabled network.
1. Set the key
2. set the ssid
3. get/set an IP address
 
Old 02-18-2005, 12:50 PM   #3
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Okay, I've got the first two down according to iwconfig, but shouldn't dhcpcd accomplish the third? For some reason or another it doesn't work... though dhcpcd doesn't return any errors.
 
Old 02-18-2005, 12:59 PM   #4
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Not necessarily. I use the alternate command
dhclient eth1
to get my IP address. Your interface may be wlan0 or whatever in ehich case replace the eth1.
 
Old 02-18-2005, 02:37 PM   #5
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Still no dice... it says "No DHCPOFFERS received. No working leases in persistent database - sleeping." Any ideas what the problem might be? Back when I had windows on this laptop it connected with no problem at all. iwconfig says I have the WEP key and ESSID configured properly and that's supposedly the only two things I need to connect to this network.
 
Old 02-18-2005, 03:00 PM   #6
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Then I'd try disabling WEP on your WLAN altogether, re-try connecting and if this works you know its a WEP issue.
 
Old 02-18-2005, 08:00 PM   #7
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Unfortunately, that's not an option as it's my college's network.
 
  


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