[nSLUG] Wireless Woes

Greg O'Brien gregmcal at eastlink.ca
Mon Sep 29 09:40:06 ADT 2008

I'm new to Linux so I don't know if the problem is the same, but in XP's
Zero Configuration Wireless, I have found you sometimes need to disable the
network authentication and if you check the connection properties they are
defaulting to key provided by Router instead of prompting you for the key.
This causes the card to sit and wait for the key until it times out. 
I don't know if there is a similar problem with Linux (I have not run into

Greg O'Brien

> -----Original Message-----
> From: nslug-bounces at nslug.ns.ca [mailto:nslug-bounces at nslug.ns.ca] On
> Behalf Of D G Teed
> Sent: September 28, 2008 10:02 PM
> To: Nova Scotia Linux User Group
> Subject: Re: [nSLUG] Wireless Woes
> On Sun, Sep 28, 2008 at 5:20 PM, Vikram Chhatre
> <crypticlineage at gmail.com> wrote:
> > This weekend I delved in the world of wireless finally.  My new Inspiron
> > 1525 notebook arrived and so did the Linksys WRT54GL wireless router.
> After
> > several long hours on freenode/slackware/dd-wrt channels, I managed to
> flash
> > the firmware on the router to dd-wrt Version 24 stable standard generic.
> > Also, the intel wireless card drive on my notebook has a driver built
> into
> > kernel, so the module iwl4965 was already probed and running.  I am
> using
> > wicd as the wireless connection manager.
> >
> > The problem is, I am only rarely able to connect to the network, lets
> say 1
> > out of 10 attempts.  The client sees the network, network sees the
> client
> > card, but simply wont let in.  No error messages.  I have already tried
> > doing hard reset on the router a couple of times (30:30:30 reset).  This
> > hasn't helped.  I should mention that my wired LAN is working just fine.
> I bought a second WRT54GL for testing the firmware updates
> and because this Linux based router is being discontinued.
> I decided to wait for version 24 SP2 (I'm running ver 23 SP2).
> There are currently three options for running with the version 24.
> First release, SP1 and CVS checkout of latest.  I know of a
> WEP key problem in SP1 which is said to be fixed in the CVS version,
> and it might help your problem as well.  Try their forums too:
> http://www.dd-wrt.com/phpBB2/viewforum.php?f=3
> --Donald
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