Wireless configuration

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rfpa
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Wireless configuration

Post by rfpa »

Hi!

I'm using a laptop with a intel 3945 abg chipset. I'm on Elyssa Main Edition. I'll try to go straight to the point.

When I try to connect for the first time to my home wireless network (wep, hexadecimal, shared key) I come across with two different ways of establishing the connection:

1- I do the "automatic" configuration with "connect to another wireless network. It works, i.e., the connection is established and it gets like this (pay attention to the internet/wireless icon):

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The problem is that after restart the connection isn't started and I have to configure over and over again.

2- I choose the manual configuration and everythings works fine but this time the icon shown resembles the icon of an ethernet connection (see the icon). After restart the internet connection is started and I have no more issues.

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As you can see there two different icons when choosing each one of the connection methods.

Question: why do I get two different ways of establishing a wireless connection and two different icons? Paradoxly the method that makes the wireless work after restart shows the "wrong" icon.

Any ideas about how to fix this, i.e., having the wireless icon instead of the "ethernet looking" icon?


Output of mintWifi and network interfaces with method 2:


rfpa@rfpa ~ $ sudo /usr/lib/linuxmint/mintWifi/mintWifi.py
[sudo] password for rfpa:
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* I. scanning WIFI PCI devices...
-- Intel Corporation PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection (rev 02)
==> PCI ID = 8086:4222 (rev 02)
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* II. querying ndiswrapper...
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* III. querying iwconfig...
lo no wireless extensions.

eth0 no wireless extensions.

wmaster0 no wireless extensions.

wlan0 IEEE 802.11g ESSID:"familia" Nickname:""
Mode:Managed Frequency:2.412 GHz Access Point: 00:1D:60:B6:59:32
Bit Rate=54 Mb/s Tx-Power=27 dBm
Retry min limit:7 RTS thr:off Fragment thr=2346 B
Encryption key:89CD-D4B6-DE
Power Management:off
Link Quality=69/100 Signal level=-64 dBm Noise level=-96 dBm
Rx invalid nwid:0 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid frag:0
Tx excessive retries:0 Invalid misc:0 Missed beacon:0

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* IV. querying ifconfig...
eth0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:1b:38:ad:af:9e
UP BROADCAST MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
RX bytes:0 (0.0 B) TX bytes:0 (0.0 B)
Interrupt:220

lo Link encap:Local Loopback
inet addr:127.0.0.1 Mask:255.0.0.0
UP LOOPBACK RUNNING MTU:16436 Metric:1
RX packets:250 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:250 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
RX bytes:10500 (10.2 KB) TX bytes:10500 (10.2 KB)

wlan0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:1b:77:19:eb:71
inet addr:192.168.1.5 Bcast:192.168.1.255 Mask:255.255.255.0
UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
RX packets:370 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:248 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
RX bytes:196848 (192.2 KB) TX bytes:46797 (45.7 KB)

wmaster0 Link encap:UNSPEC HWaddr 00-1B-77-19-EB-71-00-00-00-00-00-00-00-00-00-00
UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
RX bytes:0 (0.0 B) TX bytes:0 (0.0 B)

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* V. querying DHCP...
Internet Systems Consortium DHCP Client V3.0.6
Copyright 2004-2007 Internet Systems Consortium.
All rights reserved.
For info, please visit http://www.isc.org/sw/dhcp/

wmaster0: unknown hardware address type 801
wmaster0: unknown hardware address type 801
Listening on LPF/wmaster0/
Sending on LPF/wmaster0/
Listening on LPF/eth0/00:1b:38:ad:af:9e
Sending on LPF/eth0/00:1b:38:ad:af:9e
Listening on LPF/wlan0/00:1b:77:19:eb:71
Sending on LPF/wlan0/00:1b:77:19:eb:71
Sending on Socket/fallback
DHCPDISCOVER on wmaster0 to 255.255.255.255 port 67 interval 5
DHCPDISCOVER on eth0 to 255.255.255.255 port 67 interval 5
DHCPREQUEST of 192.168.1.5 on wlan0 to 255.255.255.255 port 67
DHCPACK of 192.168.1.5 from 192.168.1.1
bound to 192.168.1.5 -- renewal in 38413 seconds.
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* VI. querying nslookup google.com...
Server: 192.168.1.1
Address: 192.168.1.1#53

Non-authoritative answer:
Name: google.com
Address: 64.233.167.99
Name: google.com
Address: 64.233.187.99
Name: google.com
Address: 72.14.207.99

rfpa@rfpa ~ $



/etc/network/interfaces

auto lo
iface lo inet loopback


iface wlan0 inet dhcp
wireless-key 89cdd4b6de
wireless-essid familia

auto wlan0

Thanks!

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Re: Wireless configuration

Post by Husse »

Hmm - I've never seen the first icon...
My laptop has the "normal" icon. It uses ndiswrapper so it may be because of that
I don't even see a problem here and unfortunately I don't find a way to change the icon
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Re: Wireless configuration

Post by rfpa »

Thanks for your reply Husse.

The question here isn't the icon in itself, since it is themed (on the default Mint theme the wireless icon show's blue bars) . I'm talking about the differences between this two approaches and the according icons (method 1-wireless icon- no network after restart; method 2-ethernet icon- network after restart).

I hope I made my point clearer.

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Re: Wireless configuration

Post by Husse »

I hope I made my point clearer.
Indeed you have.
I hope you can tolerate your situation :)
I'll add this to my unsolved list because this is one of the mysteries I want to solve
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Re: Wireless configuration

Post by rfpa »

Husse wrote:
I hope I made my point clearer.
Indeed you have.
I hope you can tolerate your situation :)
I'll add this to my unsolved list because this is one of the mysteries I want to solve
hehehe Thanks!

Indeed, this is akward, to say the least. I wonder if anyone has an wireless connection with a wireless icon... :roll:

I'm sincerely curious about this....And I really like the wireless icon shown in the first screenshot... :D

It would great to see if this happens with all the other Mint users that connect the internet through wireless...

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