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First off, let me say that after becoming increasingly frustrated with the sluggishness of Ubuntu, Fedora, and Mandriva on my Thinkpad T41, I decided to download Puppy 4.1.1 and I'm thrilled with it. I'm very much a minimalist and those other distributions never really fit my "personality" and beliefs. Puppy is great!
Okay, now to my question/issue. I'm quickly learning how to use the wireless configuration tool. It works very well but I don't always know what the ESSID is so wireless scanner would be ideal. I meet with clients at a lot of public places that offer wifi. I found in the menu the wireless scanning tool, Pwireless. This is exactly what I'm looking for. The only issue is that it doesn't appear to support WPA encryption. At my house, I can see about 10 wireless connections, most of which are open and a lot are recognized as using WEP, including my connection. The problem is that my home connection is using WPA. Is there a way to set WPA encryption with this tool? If not, is there a way to download and install something like wlassistant that, I believe, supports WPA encryption?
Thanks for your help. I'm very enjoying this VERY fast distribution. It might even resurrect my older Thinkpad T30.
Pwireless is very handy for moving around and accessing different signals but it will not support wpa.
You will need to use the Network Wizard found in the start menu. You may need to fiddle with it a bit. Try different settings.
First thing to do is "scan" for networks > choose one > choose a wpa option and enter password > save > use this profile > if wizard reports it found a live connection move on to the dhcp button > and if all is well you should get a couple of closing dialogs and you should be connected.
If not, start over by deleting the profile and making a new one with different options.