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Old 05-21-2007, 10:53 PM   #1
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need help connecting to a wireless network with ipw3945

Hey All

I have installed the ipw3945 driver ((Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Driver for Linux)) along with the regulatory daemon and microcode packages (build for my kernel - 2.6.21 - using a SlackBuild, from Alien Bob, a member on this site). However after spending hours on the Net following "instructions" which have been largely unfriendly, I still have not been able to connect to our wireless network at school.

The lsmod command indicate that the necessary modules e.g. ipw3945 and ieee80211 are being loaded. Also ifconfig eth1 and iwconfig eth1 generate output which suggest that things are ok. However still no success connecting.

Anyway I am basically lost, bewildered and frustrated. I kindly ask anyone who has successfully connected to a network with this driver to please post some decent instructions or point to a site where these could be found.

Old 05-22-2007, 02:35 AM   #2
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What kind of wireless network are you trying to connect? Is it WEP,WPA or something else?
Old 05-22-2007, 03:05 AM   #3
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Read this howto and it should answer your
questions.Ignore that the howto is for vector linux... the technique for configuring the card
and connecting will work with any distro

Wireless networking HowTo
Old 05-22-2007, 09:15 PM   #4
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In response to the two posts. (1) Its and open network with neither WPA or WEP. We are just required to enter the SSID and connection port number in our browsers. (2) Someone else posted suggested that link to me and I have read it. The thing is there are sprinklings of Vector Linux specific stuff all over which makes it quite difficult for someone who is not familiar or an expert in such matters - which I definitely am not - to follow.

When I tried the instructions, some of the expected output were obtained in some cases and in others, something completely different or worst still, errors were reported. I guess I just have to keep plugging away and eventually there will be some success - if the frustration does not drive me mental first .

Thanks for the responses
Old 05-25-2007, 04:22 PM   #5
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Not sure why you would put the ssid in your browser. Maybe they have a proxy or something setup.

What commands are you using with iwconfig ? Can you see the access point ?

give output from these commands:

ifconfig -a
iwconfig eth1 (substitute wlan0 or whatever your wireless nic is for eth1)
iwlist eth1 scan (substitute wlan0 or whatever your wireless nic is for eth1)
iwconfig eth1 essid "whatever your ssid is supposted to be" (substitute wlan0 or whatever your wireless nic is for eth1)
dhcpcd -t 25 -d eth1 (substitute wlan0 or whatever your wireless nic is for eth1)

Basically from that link that was given, try to follow the steps under this heading:

Step 4 - Getting connected

I) Doing it Old-School

a ) Open Network (without WEP or WPA/WPA2)
Old 05-25-2007, 05:46 PM   #6
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Post wirless

hi im new here and learning linux "10" and to hock up to my wi-fi > using wep and have the key, my card is seen any help pleas.



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