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Old 05-20-2009, 10:49 AM   #1
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connect to wireless with only usbdrive to download stuff from internet

I just installed Debian on a tablet. I can't connect via ethernet, to setup wireless. I got to the point where wireless driver is loaded and stuff and I can do

wlist eth1 scan

And it returns a bunch of networks including the one I'm interested in connecting.

from here

iwconfig ath0 essid (network code) key (WEP key, only needed if it's WEP encrypted)

Now startup the connection with


dhcpcd ath0

If it says that the server is timed or the connection isn't working type 'dhcpcd ath0 -kill' and then retype 'dhcpcd ath0' until it works. To double check the connection, you can ping some website that's always up like google:
I have no dhcpcd! Also no NetworkManager icon. And I can't do apt-get networkmanager since I don't have ethernet; only wireless.

I got debian CD1 on a usb, and installed debian that way if it helps. How can I go online? I just want to go online once to download like network manager and other tools I'm used to.

Thank you
Old 05-21-2009, 05:54 AM   #2
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I have no dhcpcd!
Try dhclient instead of dhcpcd:
sudo dhclient ath0
Also no NetworkManager icon.
You don't want one. Trust me on this one. wicd is much more reliable.


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