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fatalerror0x00 02-01-2013 07:40 PM

wpa_supplicant with broadcom pci card
So I'm trying to use my PCI Card made by broadcom I realized I had to install the broadcom-sta thing off to get off to a good start as the card I had I saw fell under that driver. So I installed that and now trying to setup my wpa_supplicant.conf file and it's been so long since I've used a wireless computer on slackware that I've forgotten how to run my configuration and I'm unsure if I have the file setup right I'm assuming not so heres what I can give you if you can tell me what my config would be so I know if I got it right.

there is NO passkey or passphrase it is open
i want this to have 1st priority (not neccessary at this time but I'm gonna put it in there for now so that later I don't gotta worry about it
im not sure what else you would need

if you need anything else let me know

fatalerror0x00 02-01-2013 07:56 PM

and also i don't know if maybe i am supposed to run something after the installation from slackbuild as I go to wpa_gui in startx and i can't get any adapters in there

allend 02-01-2013 08:09 PM


PCI Card made by broadcom I
Exactly what is this device? Please post the output of lspci.

there is NO passkey or passphrase it is open
This suggests you are trying to use WEP. This is an extremely bad idea. WEP is totally busted for security. Your neighbours will be leeching on your connection in no time.
WPA2 is the minimum for secure operation.

wpa_supplicant is used for configuring WPA2.

Some refresher reading.

fatalerror0x00 02-02-2013 10:18 AM

haha our neighbors are so far away it's rediculous and we are on a road you don't just pull over and steal internet :P but anyway :P

I'm not at the computer right now and obviously can't SSH into it I can't get a cable to it but it's a broadcom 4318 802.11G Airforce One 54G I forget the other details but I'm pretty sure thats all you need

And i know I have no passkey on this network and I understand the risk but this is NOT MY network my network has a password and I do this because others using this network are older people they don't wanna deal with the one time using a key because there also pretty stuborn but I'm considering it at this point. But don't wanna if i don't have too

allend 02-02-2013 11:00 AM

Your setup. Your funeral. No skin off my nose.
This may help.

fatalerror0x00 02-02-2013 11:11 AM

I wish to stick to wpa supplicant if possible but thanks any ideas for wpa_supplicant?

n1x4 02-02-2013 11:20 AM


Your setup. Your funeral. No skin off my nose.
This always kills me.. Just because you live in a place where you MUST encrypt your network doesn't mean EVERYONE must. I live 1/4 mile up a hollow and a little over 1/2 a mile from the nearest neighbor and have never once needed to use encryption. If someone is actually ballsy enough to drive up here, whether it be day or night, and manage to get close enough to my house to get a signal (it's made of tin) then I guess they can use it for what little time they're going to be there. I've had DSL here since it was available and to this day, no "funerals".



allend 02-02-2013 11:21 AM

First get your hardware working by installing the required firmware and driver. As you do not seem to care about security, then you do not need to mess with wpa_supplicant.

allend 02-02-2013 11:24 AM


This always kills me..(etc)
Your unusual circumstance will not stop me from advising to use best practice.

n1x4 02-02-2013 11:53 AM


Originally Posted by allend (Post 4883055)
Your unusual circumstance will not stop me from advising to use best practice.

Good practice, yes, but when clearly pointed out that it's not needed, there's no reason to keep on 'advising.

OP: I'd really suggest switching to wicd, like allend said, there's no need to use wpa_supplicant if you have not the need for encryption.

allend 02-02-2013 12:31 PM


fatalerror0x00 02-02-2013 01:43 PM

Well I'd like to figure out wpa_supplicant again for I plan to use my laptop for Slackware in about 3 months and when i do that I don't wanna be messing with it then because my laptop is my only personal computer I can use for personal use and the router it will be attached to is both the unsecure one and my secure router depending where in the house I am. So if possible can we try to stick to wpa_supplicant but I have the proper drivers and everything isntalled I followed this guide:

which the guy doing that is using the SAME card as me exact same card i followed those instruct step by step except I installed it all as root (I don't wanna hear about the risk of doing this I know the risk I'm not worried about those risk at all and I didn't put /lib/firmware into a variable as it's pointless I can just type it in -.- each time (which is once) lol

I do care about security btw but it's not my network I manager the network yes it's in the house I live in but ti's not my router and I have somet hings I'm just not allowed to do

fatalerror0x00 02-02-2013 02:54 PM

I figured it out what i was doing wrong

I needed to run wpa_supplicant -iwlan0 -c/etc/wpa_supplicant.conf &
then wait just like 5 seconds maybe 10 and then run dhcpcd wlan0 and there i go off to doing my thing with internet

thats how you do it

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