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Old 08-06-2010, 09:40 AM   #1
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Problem with nm-applet and WPA

Hello everyone, I've just installed Fedora 13 LXDE 32bit from the live on a friend's laptop, and I've been having troubles connecting to her WPA-protected wireless network: in the connections window there isn't any option to choose WPA personal.
After starting wpa_supplicant it seems I can pick WPA personal from the "Edit connection" window, but whenever I try to connect a new connection is added to the wireless networks list (thus ignoring the identical one I previosly edited to use WPA) and asking for a password again, but from a window where no WPA option is present.

I think the problem is about NetworkManager rather than Fedora (hence this section of the forum). After a few days looking on google I decide to ask if anyone was having the same problem and knew how to fix it. Any help is appreciated!

Edit: of course I checked that her network card supports WPA - besides on Windows XP it worked.

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Old 08-06-2010, 04:30 PM   #2
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What does your /etc/wpa_supplicant.conf look like?
(you must have root privileges to view/edit it)
Does it look anything like this?


pairwise=CCMP TKIP
psk="secret key"
where name is the name of your wifi access point and "secret key" is a hexadecimal key made by running the wpa_passphrase command using the pre-shared key of your router.
Old 08-07-2010, 02:48 PM   #3
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Hello alan, thanks for answering.
My wpa_supplicant (found in /etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf) only had two lines. I added the "network" block as you suggested, but still no changes, even after a reboot
I'll post its original content as soon as possible if it's still relevant.

I think I could connect via commandline (I didn't try tho), but I want the WPA option in the graphical dropdownlist as my friend is no computer expert and I want to keep things as simple as possible.
Old 08-07-2010, 03:12 PM   #4
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Ok, I finally brought my friend's computer at my place to work on it, and... nm-applet is only showing WPA option in the dropdown list! :S So, I assume it tries to guess the network security type and trims the other options from the list? Because it's being mistaken with my friend's connection.
Old 09-22-2010, 12:37 AM   #5
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I don't personally use a GUI for connecting to WPA networks. Back when I was messing around with NetworkManager I found it to be bad and I removed it. If you want to use a GUI, I recommend you install Wicd. Most people find Wicd works nicely.

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I use networkmanager and love it. I've never had problems with any type of network with it that I can think of. I've used it in Ubuntu, Mandriva, and presently in Slackware. I have no experience with Fedora.


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