Very frustrating wireless problem

Discussion in 'Home Networking' started by Treefrog, Mar 21, 2005.

  1. Treefrog

    Treefrog Guest

    Hi there,

    I bought myself a laptop from a radio rally in Blackpool yesterday. £150 for
    a 400mhz IBM thinkpad... not a bad deal, I thought.
    It came installed with Windows XP, so I got rid of that straight away and
    chucked Fedora core 3 on there.

    I then installed the hostap drivers for my Senao prism based card.. a little
    bit of hair loss later it was working and I was surfing google and pinging
    things on my LAN (or WLAN).

    I was chuffed, this was the first time I'd ever gotten a wireless card
    working on Linux (sad, I know) and then a friend suggested I restart the
    machine to check all is ok. I did, and it wasn't.

    When it came back up and tried to start wlan0 the following error message
    get's displayed after about a 30 second timeout..
    'Error for wireless request "Set Encode" (8B2A): invalid argument
    "MY-104bit-WEP-KEY"'

    Now, I've triple check the wep key and it is correct, which it should be
    anyway since I didn't change it.
    The hostap drivers do get loaded and to make matters more confusing, Kismet
    works without a problem. So the card IS working, just wont connect to my
    network. I just can't think what could have broken when I rebooted...

    Any help would be very much appreciated since this is really getting to me
    now... so close yet so far!

    Cheers,

    Treefrog
     
    Treefrog, Mar 21, 2005
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  2. Treefrog

    Treefrog Guest

    Update: I've turned WEP off and it now connects... so I have no idea why
    that's happening, like I said, the WEP key is correct, it just seems
    iwconfig doesn't like it?

    Any help still very much appreciated since I can't run a network without
    WEP...

    Cheers
     
    Treefrog, Mar 21, 2005
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