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Old 10-04-2009, 08:06 AM   #1
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WEP and RedHat 5.4

I am have a good deal of difficulty getting WEP going. I have just installed RedHat Linux Enterprise Desktop 5.4 and I have managed to install the distro for the wireless card and entered the appropriate connection info in the Network Configuration. If I disable encryption at the WAP then everything is fine but I would much rather have encryption.

This is the dump of iwconfig:
wlan0 IEEE 802.11 ESSID:"BTHomeHub-XXXX"
Mode:Managed Frequency:2.442 GHz Access Point: Not-Associated
Tx-Power=15 dBm
Retry min limit:7 RTS thrff Fragment thr=2352 B
Encryption key:XXXX-XXXX-XX
Link Quality:0 Signal level:0 Noise level:0
Rx invalid nwid:0 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid frag:0
Tx excessive retries:0 Invalid misc:0 Missed beacon:0

I have altered the ESSID and Encryption key but both are correct in my config file.


OK I had not configured the WPA_supplicant service.
Once this was in-place I was able to activate the Wireless Service.

Last edited by WhitestarB5; 10-04-2009 at 01:17 PM. Reason: Solved
Old 10-04-2009, 04:43 PM   #2
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And another follow-up:

If you're not somewhere in the countryside where war-driving is not
an issue you DON'T want to use WEP to begin with; try to get WPA2
enabled. WEP takes only few minutes to crack, WPA only a few longer.

WPA2 is what you need if you don't feel like sharing band-width and/or
getting your machines hacked.



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