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Old 05-14-2009, 06:40 PM   #1
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Fedora 10: WPA Wireless Problem


Hi

I have installed Fedora 10 on my desktop and I can connect to an open network with my Realtek network card but when I try and use the WPA security it does not connect.

I use the network manager to connect and I noticed that when I try and connect using WPA, the lower green light in network manager is on but the upper green light is off - not sure what this means...

I also used the dmesg command and noticed from the output that the WPA authentication timed out which is why it did not connect - Is there anything else I need to check or any suggestions on how I can tackle this problem?

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Old 05-14-2009, 10:43 PM   #2
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try forcing your router to WPA2 personal AES only (no TKIP).
 
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My router only has WPA(TKIP), does this mean that I have to un-install WPA2 on Fedora and install WPA(TKIP)?
 
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My router only has WPA(TKIP), does this mean that I have to un-install WPA2 on Fedora and install WPA(TKIP)?
You can try, but my understanding is that NetworkManager expects WPA2 using AES. Fedora didnt give me the choice to choose between WPA or WPA2, but my WRT54G does. I am running the Tomato firmware on it.
 
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I am using D-Link G604T router which is pretty old but I find it strange that Fedora is not backwards compatible with wireless security or am I the only one using WPA(TKIP)? Surely some people still use WEP..
 
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I am using D-Link G604T router which is pretty old but I find it strange that Fedora is not backwards compatible with wireless security or am I the only one using WPA(TKIP)? Surely some people still use WEP..
WEP works fine IIRC, but it also can be cracked wide open very fast. I've read other solutions to getting WPA working in linux, such as using something other than wpa_supplicant, but that seemed complicated. I experienced the issue you are having on both Fedora 10 and Ubuntu Netbook Remix. Rather than waste a lot of time trying to reconfigure software to work with my router in WPA/WPA2 personal with TKIP/AES, I instead made my router explicitly use WPA2 personal with AES, and now WPA works flawlessly on my eee pc 901.


FWIW, it worked with the default Xandros install that came with the netbook, so there must be a solution in software.
 
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Rather than waste a lot of time trying to reconfigure software to work with my router in WPA/WPA2 personal with TKIP/AES, I instead made my router explicitly use WPA2 personal with AES, and now WPA works flawlessly on my eee pc 901.


FWIW, it worked with the default Xandros install that came with the netbook, so there must be a solution in software.

The problem is that I don't have any idea at all about how to make my router give me an extra option of WPA2 (it only has 3 security options - none, WEP, WPA) and they stopped upgrading the firmware for it years ago.
 
  


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