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Old 01-20-2008, 10:21 AM   #1
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Advice, please - Linux dist for WPA2 security

I am asking if anyone can recommend a Linux distribution that will work OK with WPA2 wireless security.
I have been running Linux Mint for a while on a 5 year old laptop. It recognised my Edimax EW7105PC+ PCMCIA adaptor card, and happily connected to my router via a WEP key. I have now updated my wireless security to WPA2 standard, and when I put the network key into the Network Settings panel of Mint, it refused to recognise it - I could no longer access the internet and when I subsequently restarted the system, it locked up and that was that!
I have reinstalled Mint, and once again the same thing happened.
Is there a Linux dist that is OK with WPA2 security and would solve this problem?
Old 01-20-2008, 11:44 AM   #2
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I would say any distro would work fine. As long as say the latest wpa_supplicant package is installed. I have used WEP, WPA,WPA2 and some variants of them on Redhat distros for a few years now. I only do it manually and not through any gui tool. Not knowing Mint distro can't say what may need to go where. But you might give the following a try if you wish to do it manually on Mint.

First I assume wpa_supplicant is installed and ready. If not install it because this may have been your problem. After install follow this.

As root run the following command.
/usr/sbin/wpa_passphrase YOUR_AP_SSID “YOUR_WPA_PSK_PASSPHRASE”

Enter you SSID in the exact character it is whether lower or upper case or mixed. Must be exact. Same for the passphrase you defined and in quotes as shown.

Now it generates some text that you place in a file that is in /etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf. Just cut and paste the text to the file and add the following line for WPA2 on a seperate line before the ending bracket.

Example of the wpa_supplicant.conf file.
# update_config=1

Save file. next enter this command to get started.
 /usr/sbin/wpa_supplicant -w -B -Dwext -ixxxx -c /etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf
Replace the xxxx with the interface name of the nic. eth0, wlan0, ath0, to name just a few. Only you know what you have.


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