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Old 04-27-2005, 05:38 AM   #1
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Cant change ESSID with iwconfig

Hi all,
I successfully installed a new wireless network card in my Dell running a Debian Linux kernel version

It works, becuase a iwlist ra0 scan shows that it can find my router:
sox# iwlist ra0 scan
ra0 Scan completed :
Cell 01 - Address: 00:80:C8:017:AC
Encryption keyff

The card is set in /etc/network/interfaces with:
iface ra0 inet dhcp
up iwconfig ra0 essid default && iwconfig ra0 key open channel 6

My problem is, that i originally set the essid to b0x!, as that was the name before i resetted the router. Now it's called just "default".

The output of iwconfig ra0 is:
ra0 RT2500 Wireless ESSID:"b0x!" Nickname:"sox"
Mode:Managed Frequency=2.437 GHz Bit Rate=54 Mb/s
RTS thrff Fragment thrff
Encryption keyff
Link Quality=92/100 Signal level:-174 dBm Noise level:-256 dBm
Rx invalid nwid:0 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid frag:0
Tx excessive retries:0 Invalid misc:0 Missed beacon:0

And no matter how I try, I can't change the essid to default.
I've tried iwconfig ra0 essid default and "default", plus the whole chain of iwconfig parameters as in the networks file.

To no use, iwconfig shows that my essid is still "b0x!" I wonder if it might be a problem with the ! in the essid name that makes it impossible to change it?

Is there any way to reset the iwconfig settings for ra0?
Or any other way to change the essid that I've missed?

Thanks for any help,
Old 04-27-2005, 05:54 AM   #2
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OK, replying to my own post is kindof dull, but I managed to finally set the essid by first changing the mode to ad-hoc. This somehow made it possible to set the essid again. Don't know why or how, but it worked. Then I had to change mode again to managed, and dhclient got an IP from my router. Great!



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