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Old 11-25-2010, 07:47 PM   #1
statguy
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Wireless Stopped Working on Laptop


Hello.

I'm running Slack 12 on a Thinkpad T60 and my wireless has stopped connecting to my wireless network at home. I'm using wicd for network management and it was working up until yesterday. I don't know what to do to track down the problem, so I'm looking for advice to do so.

Other wireless devices in the house can still connect, so I don't believe my router is the problem.

Thanks.
 
Old 11-26-2010, 05:03 PM   #2
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Hi statguy,

well, finding out what the problem is:
which encryption does your wireless network have?
are you using wpa_supplicant?
which wlan-card does the laptop have?
is the module loaded?
which output do you get with "iwconfig" and which output with "ifconfig"?
If you try these commands please post any errormessages.

Markus
 
Old 11-26-2010, 05:20 PM   #3
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Hello

try ifconfig wlan0 up

or

ifconfig eth1 up (It depends which is the name of your wireless device) Try "ifconfig" to
see the name of your wireless device. If the name is wlan0, than try

iwlist wlan0 scan

for scanning your wireless network. And write how output do you get.
 
Old 11-26-2010, 10:36 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by markush View Post
Hi statguy,

well, finding out what the problem is:
which encryption does your wireless network have?
are you using wpa_supplicant?
which wlan-card does the laptop have?
is the module loaded?
which output do you get with "iwconfig" and which output with "ifconfig"?
If you try these commands please post any errormessages.

Markus
OK. Just to be clear, everything was working fine earlier this week. The wireless card has an Atheros chipset.

Code:
$ dmesg | grep -i ath
md: multipath personality registered for level -4
ath9k: 0.1
ath9k 0000:03:00.0: PCI INT A -> GSI 17 (level, low) -> IRQ 17
ath9k 0000:03:00.0: setting latency timer to 64
phy0: Selected rate control algorithm 'ath9k_rate_control'
phy0: Atheros 5416: mem=0xf9200000, irq=17
Code:
$ lsmod | grep ath
ath9k                 321208  0
mac80211              158108  1 ath9k
I am using WEP encryption. Tonight when I booted, it connected, but after a couple seconds, it stopped routing me. Here is output from the other commends.

Code:
# iwconfig
lo        no wireless extensions.

eth0      no wireless extensions.

irda0     no wireless extensions.

wmaster0  no wireless extensions.

wlan0     IEEE 802.11abgn  ESSID:"MyESSID"
          Mode:Managed  Frequency:2.442 GHz  Access Point: Not-Associated
          Tx-Power=23 dBm
          Retry min limit:7   RTS thr:off   Fragment thr=2352 B
          Encryption key:off
          Power Management:off
          Link Quality:0  Signal level:0  Noise level:0
          Rx invalid nwid:0  Rx invalid crypt:0  Rx invalid frag:0
          Tx excessive retries:0  Invalid misc:0   Missed beacon:0
BTW, this was run when connected on my eth0 (wired port).

Code:
# ifconfig
eth0      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:1a:6b:35:04:00
          inet6 addr: fe80::21a:6bff:fe35:400/64 Scope:Link
          UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1
          RX packets:1091 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:983 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:100
          RX bytes:827479 (808.0 KiB)  TX bytes:134495 (131.3 KiB)
          Memory:ee000000-ee020000

lo        Link encap:Local Loopback
          inet addr:127.0.0.1  Mask:255.0.0.0
          inet6 addr: ::1/128 Scope:Host
          UP LOOPBACK RUNNING  MTU:16436  Metric:1
          RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
          RX bytes:0 (0.0 B)  TX bytes:0 (0.0 B)

wlan0     Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:19:7e:40:e8:7e
          inet addr:192.168.1.193  Bcast:192.168.1.255  Mask:255.255.255.0
          inet6 addr: fe80::219:7eff:fe40:e87e/64 Scope:Link
          UP BROADCAST NOTRAILERS RUNNING MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1
          RX packets:213 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:116 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
          RX bytes:47768 (46.6 KiB)  TX bytes:18730 (18.2 KiB)

wmaster0  Link encap:UNSPEC  HWaddr 00-19-7E-40-E8-7E-77-6C-00-00-00-00-00-00-00-00
          UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1
          RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
          RX bytes:0 (0.0 B)  TX bytes:0 (0.0 B)
I hope this is a useful starting point.
 
Old 11-27-2010, 12:03 AM   #5
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For how long do you stay connected if you do the following?

Code:
# /etc/rc.d/rc.wicd stop
# ifconfig wlan0 up
# iwconfig essid <your_router_ssid> enc s:<your_router_wep_key> ap <your_router_mac-address>
# dhcpcd wlan0
The iwconfig line is the one that will configure your wlan0 card to get access from your router; those parameters can be obtained in a "# iwlist wlan0 scan". The "dhcpcd wlan0" line is supposing you have a dynamic-IP assinged by the router.

I'm asking this because at work I have 3 routers for wireless connection and none of them is very fond of wicd (don't know why), so the above procedure does the job to get me connected to the internet. I've also noticed that wpa_supplicant is not very stable (in terms of connection) when we're talking about WEP keys, but can't say if this is for sure - it's just my experience.

Last edited by rfernandez; 11-27-2010 at 12:05 AM.
 
Old 11-27-2010, 04:26 AM   #6
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Hello statguy,

what looks odd to me is that according to the output of iwconfig you're not associated to the accesspoint, but ifconfig shows a proper IP-configuration.
Are you using DHCP?
Quote:
...BTW, this was run when connected on my eth0 (wired port)...
you mean iwconfig? otherwise it would be much more odd.

I've found some threads here at the forums where people had problems with wicd or (more exactly) had problems with their wireless connection when using wicd (which doesn't say that wicd is the problem). I'd suggest to uninstall wicd and try to establish a connection with only wpa_supplicant (which for me at least with Slackware always worked).
One can run wpa_supplicant with the following command:
Code:
wpa_supplicant -Dwext -iwlan0 -c/etc/wpa_supplicant.conf
(for an explanation you may look at the manpage of wpa_supplicant) this will (if it works) establish the authentication at the accesspoint. Afterwards (if using DHCP) you may use
Code:
dhcpcd wlan0
in order to get an IP-configuration.

If it doesn't work you may try to get it working without wpa_supplicant but with wicd. As far as I know one wicd is able to connect via WEP without wpa_supplicant.

Markus
 
Old 11-27-2010, 07:35 AM   #7
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markush, I originally ran iwconfig when not connected on the wireless. I tried the commands suggested by rfernandez which also gets a "correct" iwconfig. I was able to authenticate on my router and get an IP, but I could not route to anywhere, including the router itself.

Here is the output from iwconfig (appropriately sanitized) and ifconfig after manually connecting.

Code:
# iwconfig
lo        no wireless extensions.

eth0      no wireless extensions.

wmaster0  no wireless extensions.

wlan0     IEEE 802.11abgn  ESSID:"MyESSID"
          Mode:Managed  Frequency:2.442 GHz  Access Point: <MAC addr present>
          Bit Rate=1 Mb/s   Tx-Power=23 dBm
          Retry min limit:7   RTS thr:off   Fragment thr=2352 B
          Encryption key:5861-7269-614C-6569-6768-3731-37   Security mode:open
          Power Management:off
          Link Quality=81/100  Signal level:-43 dBm  Noise level=-95 dBm
          Rx invalid nwid:0  Rx invalid crypt:0  Rx invalid frag:0
          Tx excessive retries:0  Invalid misc:0   Missed beacon:0

irda0     no wireless extensions.

# ifconfig
eth0      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:1a:6b:35:04:00
          UP BROADCAST MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1
          RX packets:975 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:749 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
          RX bytes:905418 (884.1 KiB)  TX bytes:63836 (62.3 KiB)
          Memory:ee000000-ee020000

lo        Link encap:Local Loopback
          inet addr:127.0.0.1  Mask:255.0.0.0
          inet6 addr: ::1/128 Scope:Host
          UP LOOPBACK RUNNING  MTU:16436  Metric:1
          RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
          RX bytes:0 (0.0 B)  TX bytes:0 (0.0 B)

wlan0     Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:19:7e:40:e8:7e
          inet addr:192.168.1.193  Bcast:192.168.1.255  Mask:255.255.255.0
          inet6 addr: fe80::219:7eff:fe40:e87e/64 Scope:Link
          UP BROADCAST NOTRAILERS RUNNING MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1
          RX packets:77 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:40 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
          RX bytes:13132 (12.8 KiB)  TX bytes:9976 (9.7 KiB)

wmaster0  Link encap:UNSPEC  HWaddr 00-19-7E-40-E8-7E-77-6C-00-00-00-00-00-00-00-00
          UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1
          RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
          RX bytes:0 (0.0 B)  TX bytes:0 (0.0 B)
I will try an try the wpa_supplicant approach later. It will take some time to figure it out, but right now, I need to get the kids (and myself) some breakfast.
 
  


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