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Old 04-04-2008, 06:54 PM   #1
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iwlist eth0 scanning picks wireless networks but imy browser can connect

i use redhat EL3 kernel 2.4 but i have recompiled to and built my wireless drver into the kernel,install the needed firmware and iwlist eth0 scanning displays all the available networks but when i launch my browser, it does not go online th e simple way it happens on my winXp partition,is there some other steps i need to take in order to be able to get my brower on line after iwlist eth0 scanning is able to pick the network;i will greatly appreciate if any one who browses on wireless with its linux box to please help me get on line.
Old 04-04-2008, 08:12 PM   #2
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Try enter the following at a command prompt:

iwconfig eth0 essid "<name of the wireless network or whats also known as ESSID>"
Then try your web browser again.

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Old 04-04-2008, 08:31 PM   #3
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In a terminal, I use 3 steps
(assuming the wireless is eth0)

ifconfig eth0 up
iwconfig eth0 essid <name of your network> key <your_key> (for ascii key, use "s:<keyname>"
dhcpcd eth0
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If iwlist scan shows some APs then the hardest part, the device setup was successful. The other parts are configuring your encryption and your network setup. You need to configure wpa encryption before being able to get an IP address & the rest from the DHCP server in the router.

Make sure you have the wpa_supplicant package installed. If your distro has a configuration wizard to configure encryption, you can use that. It may be a part of the network interface configuration wizard.

The wpa_supplicant package has a couple /etc/wpa_supplicant.conf examples that cover various types of networks. You can use the wpa_cli program to monitor how the supplication process goes:
sudo /usr/sbin/wpa_cli -p /var/run/wpa_supplicant -i wlan0

The above example is for a wireless device named wlan0. Substitute your own.

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Old 04-08-2008, 03:06 AM   #5
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i still cant get my browser online

hello guys,i still cant get my browser online despite the fact that iwconfig picks the network at system boot and ifconfig show that it also obtains an ip address.
pixellany, i cant run "dhcpcd eth0" because i dont have dhcpcd command on my redhat linux enterprise 3.How can i check if it's connect to dhcp server or get connected to it.Thanks in advance and i'm really hoping that you good people of linuxQues will provide me with my first solution since joining this forum.


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