iwconfig cannot set WEP key
hi all, i'm a newbie here but i've been messing around w/linux for a little while now... i'm trying to get slackware 10 set up on my dell inspiron 600m right now. i have almost everything working; everything but the network card.
i have 2 network interfaces, an ethernet and wireless interface. the wireless is a broadcom 4318 chipset. i have the firmware in place and have compiled the ndiswrapper to interface w/the card. when i did an iwconfig at school (which doesn't have an encryption key) i was able to detect the wireless network but not able to obtain an IP, which i think was because i didn't have a new enough version of DHCP. i got that taken care of.
the problem is when i try to connect at home. i live with my brother and he has the network set up for shared key (is that the problem?) access. he also masks the SSID so that you need the key to get on the network. unfortunately, when i try to enter the key using iwconfig, like this:
iwconfig wlan0 essid myNetwork key  \
i get "Error: unrecognised wireless request \"...\""
and it repeats my key back to me. now, of course, all those A's aren't my real key; when i put in the A's, it doesn't complain at all; it simply doesn't detect any network. this means that when i do an iwconfig, no SSID or Access Point is listed.
i have read posts by alot of people who seem to have pretty much the same problem with different cards and distro.'s, but none offered a solution that worked for me.
i haven't gotten back to school yet to check whether i can get an IP or not, so i'm still not sure if that's related, but at least at school the wireless tools detected the network. any words of wisdom would be greatly appreciated.
thanks so much, --Abe