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Old 02-14-2008, 09:41 PM   #1
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Setting up Wireless w/ WPA to start automatically in Fedora 8


What I hope to accomplish: To start my wireless connection automatically at boot.

What I've done:
- Appended the following to /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifup-wireless
Code:
wpa_supplicant -iwlan0 -c/etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf &
dhclient wlan0
- I can manually start my wireless by using ifup wlan0

Problems I've encountered, and would also like to resolve:
- Simply starting the wpa_supplicant service through 'service wpa_supplicant start' does not seem to work. The service starts, but the connection is not established.
- I have to run 'dhclient wlan0' to get my DHCP address. Sometimes, running it directly after 'wpa_supplicant -iwlan0 -c/etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf' it tells me dhclient is already running. I have to kill the running process, then rerun dhclient to get my address. I don't think this is related to the fact that I run dhclient in ifup-wireless, because the same happens if I just run "wpa_supplicant -iwlan0 -c/etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf"
 
Old 02-15-2008, 05:45 AM   #2
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so... you can or cannot start wireless manually with ifup wlan0?

If so, then, add that line to the bottom of /etc/rc.local
 
Old 02-15-2008, 07:53 AM   #3
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so... you can or cannot start wireless manually with ifup wlan0?

If so, then, add that line to the bottom of /etc/rc.local
Sort of ... It's seems like when I start "wpa_supplicant -iwlan0 -c/etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf" it automatically starts dhclient, which doesn't work. So I kill that process, then run dhclient manually.

I actually managed to get it working last night by going into system-config-network and setting wlan0 to start on bootup. But I want to know what changes were made to startup config that allowed it.
 
Old 02-15-2008, 04:54 PM   #4
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Good luck figuring that out. Fedora has it's own scripts, you'll have to hunt through those. Though there may be ~/.rc.local but I forget where the "startup programs" get put.
 
  


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