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Old 03-05-2008, 11:16 PM   #1
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madwifi, wpa_supplicant and slackware v12 madness

Hey all,

Long time reader first time poster here.

I have a home network with Linksys WRT45G or whatever router. I have it set up with WPA2 Personal wireless encryption. I cannot seem to get it working with wpa_supplicant.

I have been trying to work on this for two whole days and I am getting nowhere.

I installed the madwifi driver from madwifi's website.
I was able to do the make and make install with no problems.
So now I have an ath0 interface. It works with no encryption.
When I turn on my wireless encryption (WPA2 Personal PSK Mixed) the DHCP doesn't work which is fine.

I downloaded the wpa_supplicant install and was not able to build it. It keeps giving me the error:

"Building wpa_supplicant requires a configuration file
(.config). See README for more instructions. You can
run "cp defconfig .config" to create an example
make: *** [verify_config] Error 1"

I did as it said and created a .config file in the root directory of wpa_supplicant.

Here are the links that I am following:

document from madwifi Slackware Distro Install How To
document from madwifi 802.11i

<sorry can't post URLs b/c of first time post>

I also read the wpa_supplicant README.

The files that I have are as follows:

= The .config file for wpa_supplicant is in the root directory of wpa_supplicant /root/wpa_supplicant. I just copied the defconfig file and renamed it wifi.config.

= My rc.inet1.conf file; I just added:
#Config information for ath0 (using dhcp):

= My rc.wireless.conf; I just added:
#My Wireless Settings
INFO="AR5212 802.11abg NIC"
ESSID="<Disabled>" (yes this is actually my ssid)
KEY="I used the wpa_passphrase program to create this"
WPAOPTS[1]=" -Dwext -iath0 -c/etc/wpa_supplicant.conf"

The last couple of entries WPA[1] etc. I added because I have been looking all over. I think these might be redundant so please tell me if they are.

Old 03-06-2008, 01:19 AM   #2
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You configure your network settings for Slackware in /etc/rc.d/rc.inet1.conf ... leave rc.wireless alone.

Use AlienBob's guides ... he wrote those scripts. And get the packages from his repository when you can, rather than building from source.


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