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Old 07-25-2005, 07:13 PM   #1
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Wireless with WPA

It seems WPA is giving many people alot of troubl to install, I'm one of them. I'm all new to linux but I want to get the wirless security running and it's honestly killing my experience of linux.

I'm running Ubuntu and if I have the router set to open it works fine. The card is recognized at once and I can connect through it. However, if I set the router to WPA (have widows comps using it so I know it's working) and then try to use wpa_supplicant nothing works as it should.

I have tried several guides as well ass chats where I have gotten lots of help but everything has failed so far.

I might be way off, correct me if I am and let me know where to begin, but these are the things I suspect;

1. The card uses orinoco_cs, however this is not supported by wpa_supplicant?
2. The orinoco_cs driver, though operational, is wrong for my type of card. I've fund that my chipset it most likely Prism3.
FCCID PKW-WPC11-V31 (approved 7/23/2002) uses ISL3871xxx or Prism3
Another page stated Prism2. cardctl gives procduct info: "The Linksys group, Icn.", "Instant wireless network PC CArd", "ISL37300P", "RevA"
3. I need to use ndiswrapper to get it working, however I can't findt he correct drivers. The windows XP drivers from linksys keeps showing up as Invalid driver.
4. my configuration is completly wrong.
5. Something else

As an addition i want to mention that the card (linksys WPC11 ver3) didn't have WPA support when it came out, linksys has released a driver for it since then.

(eth1 is the wirless card)
Here are my current files
auto lo
iface lo inet loopback

iface eth0 inet dhcp
auto eth0

iface eth1 inet manual
pre-up iconfig eth1 up
up /root/ssidselect
post-down ifconfig eth1 down

iwconfig $IF essid $NET
killall -q wpa_supplicant
killall -q dhclient
killall -q dhclient3
wpa_supplicant -wB -i$IF -c/etc/wpa_supplicant.conf
dhclient $IF
exit 0

Please help me, I'm about to give up on all this soon and i really want to use linux, not trash it!
Old 07-29-2005, 11:39 AM   #2
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Old 08-17-2006, 10:26 PM   #3
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I have an Orinoco WaveLan IEEE card, which uses the orinoco_cs driver. It is *not* compliant with wpa_supplicant. Your Prism-based card should work with the hostap driver, which is complaint with wpa_supplicant.

Oh, and SSIDs and PSKs have to have quotes around them like this:


or they will not work. Hope it helps as it looks like I'll need a new card to do WPA with as WEP isn't worth a darn anymore after the English guy cracked it in 3 seconds...
Old 08-18-2006, 03:25 AM   #4
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Have you tried NetworkManager?
Old 08-18-2006, 03:45 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by Mizzou_Engineer
Hope it helps as it looks like I'll need a new card to do WPA with as WEP isn't worth a darn anymore after the English guy cracked it in 3 seconds...
Better make that a WPA2 card if you're serious about security.

And BTW, this thread is over a year old!!


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