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Wireless confusion

Postby essenby on Thu Jun 12, 2008 10:32 am

Having read Husse's excellent WiFi HowTo in the Wiki HERE, I was puzzled by the following:-
You may have to do this several times before success. Likewise when you are set up you may have to (left) click your network several times before you succeed to get a connection
On the basis that "there are no stupid question, only stupid answers" does anyone have a stupid, or not-so-stupid answer as to WHY we should need to do this several times, or even more than once? I have a Tosh laptop fitted with an Atheros 5006EG wifi card which connects perfectly using the Live CD's from some distros and worked fine with ndiswrapper in Mint Celina. However, both Daryna and now Elyssa, whilst rcognising the card, and showing me my network, steadfastly refuse to connect to it when I enter the credentials. How many times should I need to repeat - and again - is there any explanation as to WHY this should be so?
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Re: Wireless confusion

Postby Husse on Sat Jun 14, 2008 1:33 pm

It probably has something to do with handshaking but to give an "exact" explanation you'd need to be a wifi specialist
In my experience once working you may have to try at worst five times, but normally no more than two attempts
Can you try to connect unprotected?
Of course revert back to a protected wifi as soon as you can
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Re: Wireless confusion

Postby T J Tulley on Mon Jun 16, 2008 6:37 am

Not sure whether this belongs here - but my laptop (Dell Latitude C840) (Windows XP Pro) fails to connect to the Internet via either of 2 802.11g Wireless LAN Cardbus PC cards, although these detect other networks in the neighbourhood. They show that they are connected to the router, but not the Internet.

The laptop connects happily via an Ethernet cable, as does my PC.

I suspect a fault in my eTEC Router, which offers WiFi + 4 Ethernet connections. I reported to eTEC but have not yet received a helpful response. The connection has worked in the past - this is a recent fault.
Yours hopefully -

Theo Tulley.
Using a PC with 2GB RAM, 3 hdds and a 1.7 GHz Celeron cpu.
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Re: Wireless confusion

Postby essenby on Mon Jun 16, 2008 7:50 am

husse:-

Thanks for the response but what REALLY puzzles me is that Iv'e tried other 'LIVE' distros recently with no problems at all. For example, PCLinuxOS 'TinyMe' detects and configure my card, recognises my network and connects instantly once the correct credentials are entered. I think the Mandriva based MCNLive 'Toronto' behaved the same though I cannot be 100% certain of this.

If I get time I will try to connect to an unprotected network and report back how that goes.

[Update] - MCNLive Toronto does NOT detect and set up the wireless card. However - it does allow me to use ndiswrapper and it was faultless. Windows drives were auto-mounted so I just navigate to the folder with the drivers in and select, then select my network and I just enter the WiFi credentials ONCE to connect.

[Further Update] - Fedora 9.0 Just tried this new version and it works flawlessly recognising the card and only requiring me to enter the credentials once.
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