Wireless - can't connect to access point
Hi all, so I'm out of my normal area for the summer and my only internet access is wireless through an old laptop. I have a wireless network card but I'm having trouble connecting to a router / access point in Linux (Slackware 9.1). The drivers are installed fine (thanks to linuxant). The problem is finding the router.
At home, I was able to connect through Linux by adding the following lines to the top of my /etc/pcmcia/wireless.opts (just under the 'case "$ADDRESS" in' line):
*,*,*,<my router's MAC address>)
INFO="My Netgear Router"
KEY="<my router's encryption key>"
CHANNEL="<my router's channel>"
The odd thing was, I could not force my card to connect to *my* router. The best result I could get was connecting to a router belonging to someone else in my building (even though the information I entered was for my router). Yet, if I removed that chunk of code, I could no longer connect at all.
Now in my new location (as I said, I'm not at home for the summer), I can't connect at all. I'm now using a friend's router/access point instead of mine. I am able to use the wireless card to connect to the access point using Windows - this tells me (1) my wireless NIC is still working, and (2) all the information I need to know about the access point.
I've tried changing the information listed above (router's MAC address, channel, etc.) to match the new router / access point, but it doesn't work. One thing maybe of note is the new access point I need to connect to does not use encryption (but then, neither did the one I was able to connect to at my old location).
Does anyone know of a way I can modify this (or do something else) to get on the internet through Linux? Right now I'm stuck on Windows because I need internet access. That's annoying enough, but I'm also taking a summer course where the homework has to be done in Linux - which means I'm rebooting between Windows and Linux constantly.
Thanks in advance.