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Old 02-10-2005, 12:28 AM   #1
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Talking Which distro does have out-of-box support for wifi + WPA?


Which distro does have out-of-box support for wifi + WPA?

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Old 02-10-2005, 01:13 AM   #2
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In my experience, it's Suse 9.2, but really depends on your hardware.
 
Old 02-10-2005, 01:26 AM   #3
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Yep. That entirely depends on the wireless hardware you are using.
As well as SUSE, The recent Mandrakes tend to be very good at including drivers for lots of different wifi.
 
Old 02-10-2005, 07:53 AM   #4
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I got 1 desktop using Netgear wg311 and 1 centrino laptop using 2100 ( if I'm not mistaken ). Both connected to a network that using WPA-PSK.

I heard that in order to use the WPA, I must have wpa supplicant installed.

My question is, is there any distro that already have build in support for WPA?
I already know that both wireless cards supported by linux.

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Old 02-10-2005, 10:36 AM   #5
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XP does not support WPA "out of the box." It requires installing a wireless patch (or a service pack which contains it) along with an appropriate WPA-capable driver for the hardware. Why would you be averse to downloading and installing wpa_supplicant for Linux?

Answer to your question:
It's not a question of the distro supporting it, or even having wpa_supplicant pre-installed, but rather whether the drivers needed for your cards are supported by wpa_supplicant.

According to the wpa_supplicant page http://hostap.epitest.fi/wpa_supplicant/ both the MadWiFi (for the Atheros card) and the ipw2100 (for the Intel card) drivers are supported.
 
Old 02-10-2005, 11:59 AM   #6
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I know that my cards supported by wpa supplicant.
But still I want that "out-of-box distro" :>

Sorry if I`m a bit weird, but thx for the answer.

THx guys...
 
Old 10-04-2005, 10:17 AM   #7
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I tried mandrake 10.1, ubuntu 5.04 & 5.10 preview & Fedora 4 - none of them has wireless and wpa working "out-of-the-box".

The only that really worked out of the box is SUSE 9.3.

Many of the distros now include the driver for the intel wireless card (the one that I have), but many don't bcz of the licence stuff ...

But this is quite easy, bcz you can update by wire your distro and most of them has the drivers in their online repositories.

However, the tricky part is the WPA. Only SUSE includes a graphical interface to configure the WPA - the others require you to manualy load the wpa_supplicat & write down it's config file.

Yes, yes, I know some of you cli freaks would like to strangle right about now, but the wpa_supplicant configuration file is not simple, especially since there are many options and you need a different configuration for every AP you connect to.

The bottom line is that only SUSE 9.3 include "out-of-the-box" support for the wireless & WPA, and you can d/l it from www.opensuse.org with all of the propriety drivers inside.. and have it all work within the hour.
 
  


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