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Old 10-23-2008, 08:21 AM   #1
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How to configure a wireless network manually in Debian Testing


I installed Debian Lenny beta 2 on my Acer Travel Mate 402 laptop. During the first part of the install, I got an auto DHCP network configuration error. I chose not to configure from the list of options given. I installed the desk top, the standard system, and the laptop system. Since I haven't found a place where it will list all detectible networks, how do I get it to connect to my wireless network manually? Thanks,




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Old 10-23-2008, 08:31 AM   #2
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First thing you need to do is figure out whether debian has found your wireless card! If it does, you can find out if a driver exists for it. On your debian system, give us the output of:
Code:
lspci
which should give you a list of the hardware on your system.
 
Old 10-23-2008, 08:32 AM   #3
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irishbitte is right, I forgot about that point. If your card is USB, post the output of
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lsusb

I don't know if Debian uses NetworkManager by default, but you might try installing it.
In order to detect wireless networks, there is the "iwlist scan" command.
Another option is using the 'iwconfig' command from a terminal :
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#iwconfig <DEVICE> essid <NETWORK NAME>
#iwconfig <DEVICE> key <YOUR WEP KEY>
#dhclient (or #dhcpcd)
I *think* that dhclient is the default for Debian, but I'm not sure at all. for more info on iwconfig, run 'man iwconfig'

Last edited by serafean; 10-23-2008 at 08:34 AM.
 
Old 10-23-2008, 08:35 AM   #4
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BTW, if the problem is what I think it is, you may want to read this:
http://tennessee.ubuntuforums.com/sh...d.php?t=816780
 
Old 10-24-2008, 08:34 AM   #5
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Thanks all. I'll try to post as soon as I can. Since I'm totally blind, I have to use the Windows machine at scool to post. The Debian laptop I'm having trouble with has an internal wireless card.
 
  


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