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Old 09-14-2007, 10:23 PM   #1
Registered: Sep 2003
Distribution: Kubuntu / debian / SuSE
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Sporadic internet access on unencrypted wifi


I am away from home and staying at a place that offers unencrypted wifi. The essid ("myessid") is broadcast and I put the following entry in my /etc/network/interfaces:
auto eth1
iface eth1 inet dhcp
wireless-essid myessid

/sbin/ifup eth1
I can connect to the router and I am assigned an IP. However, I cannot access (even ping) any IP address other than, which is the router.

Now strangely enough, sometimes I can. So I have written a script trying to connect until successful. On average I get internet access after about 10 attempts.

I have
a) never had any problems connecting to WEP and WPA encrypted networks from the same box, and
b) Windows (sleeping on the same box) connects without the slightest hint of trouble.

Any suggestions much appreciated!

All the best,


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