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Old 05-13-2013, 07:53 PM   #1
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Fedora-18 Wireless SOLUTION

The "SOLUTION" I entered...was no solution.
I was deceived.

I am still suck with a Fedora-18 that will display servers, but not websites.

The error message returned by Firefox when I try to invoke a website such as
is "Firefox cannot find the SERVER at"

This statement is somewhat diagnostic....
Cannot find the SERVER AT (a website)

Can it be that the error of my WiFi configuration is that somehow....
When on the search-line I ask Firefox to look for a website, it tries to find a SERVER...

What, in my config. settings, is causing that?

In previous WiFi setup effots, (the AUTOMATIC config setting did not work...
I went into the setup-screens of my ROUTER to harvest IP-address, Net Mask, Gateway, DNS...etc
I entered those values in the MANUAL IPv.4 set-up screens.

Several of those combinations WOULD invoke GOOGLE but would fail to display a website.
Those settings were also not displaying (which I was using as a TEST website address)

Finally I hit on a settings-combination (copied from a working NetBook connected to the same router I was trying to connect Fedora-18)
that WOULD invoke I thought I HAD WON...!!!...

But no.
I guess this is because IS a server...??...
Anyway...effots to connect to any website returns the error-message reported above.

I feel that I am close to the solution (winning combination of manual address-entries)..

Can anyone help?


Last edited by jwsmith; 05-13-2013 at 08:47 PM. Reason: I was wrong
Old 05-14-2013, 11:38 PM   #2
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Are you sure this isn't a DNS issue? Have you tried pinging any of the unreachable sites. What DNS server are you using?
Old 05-15-2013, 11:53 AM   #3
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jdkaye......No, the DNS is ok......

I got the problem solved......turns out I HAD the problem solved all along.
Didn't know it until next morning when I booted my computer.
With that RESET, everything fell into place.
I can correctly download and view all websites.

I've learned a bit.
My ROUTER lists its IP as
In earlier efforts to configure LINUX into the WiFi, I was using that IP.
It was when I went into the settings of my NetBook (which successfully uses the same WiFi/ROUTER) that I got clued in to an IP for the router of
It was with THAT IP-Address that I got any internet access at all.....but as I was servers only. Until I re-booted my computer.

But I've learned more than that.
I found the IP of to be mystifying.
There was a temptation to just "leave it alone"....because afterall I now had a working connection.
But I don't like BLACK BOX answers.
So from the LINUX command-line I entered $ip -s addr
It returned an IP for the wLan0 of: WOW...!!!....
Suddenly it dawned on me that these IP addresses are offered in a range....
It must function somewhat like Interrupt that you don't want two machines to poll the same interrupt at the same time.
I found that quite enlightening.

Also with it, came the INSIGHT that the GATEWAY address for any WiFi configuration will ALWAYS be the ROUTER'S IP.
This is consonent with the fact tht the GATEWAY for a remote computer to the internet, (to a local printer (through) another computer-printer interface)...IS the ROUTER.

Working one's way through these problems renders an "education" ...
May be difficult at times, but "understanding" is more complete and permanent.

NEXT will be to get my WiFi'd LINUX print a test page through the hardwired ROUTER/Windows computer connection.
I Expect difficulty. My HP 1505P is configured with a proprietary driver. That driver is installed for the Windows machine.
Don't know if I need a LINUX ver. resident in my remote machine.....or even if HP downloads include a LINUX ver.

Thank you for your reply and suggestion.

Judd Smith
Berkeley, CA


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