WPA Supplicant for Dummies?

Discussion in 'Wireless Internet' started by Donald Newcomb, Nov 29, 2007.

  1. I have an older IBM laptop with a non-WPA-capable WiFi adapter. I recently
    downloaded WPA Supplicant for Windows and have been playing around with it,
    learning step-by-step by trial and error, with the aid of Google, how to
    configure and use the program. This brings me to my question. Has anyone
    written "WPA Supplicant for the Complete Idiot"? The documentation that
    comes with WPA Supplicant pretty well assumes that you already know how to
    use it.
     
    Donald Newcomb, Nov 29, 2007
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  2. Donald Newcomb

    Frank Hahn Guest

    Donald:

    I am using it with a wireless Linksys NIC that also does not support WPA.
    It took me some time but I have it working. It also took me some trial
    and error. I now have it set as a service so that it starts when the
    computer reboots.

    My router/access point is a Linksys WRT54G.

    Here is my wpa_supplicant.conf file:

    # WPA-PSK/TKIP
    ap_scan=2

    #ctrl_interface=/var/run/wpa_supplicant

    network={
    ssid="hahnfamily"
    key_mgmt=WPA-PSK
    proto=WPA
    pairwise=TKIP
    group=TKIP
    psk="a_random_string_of_characters"
    }

    When I run win_if_list.exe in a cmd console, I get the following output:

    ifname: \Device\NPF_GenericDialupAdapter
    description: Adapter for generic dialup and VPN capture

    ifname: \Device\NPF_{3C2E7B86-E71E-424A-8095-505395F11703}
    description: Wireless-G PCI Adapter

    From the README-Windows.txt file, using the information above, I would
    run the following command:

    wpa_supplicant.exe -i'\Device\NPF_{3C2E7B86-E71E-424A-8095-505395F11703}' -c /path/to/wpa_supplicant.conf -d

    Note: The above is all on one line, my Newsreader may wrap the line. Other
    lines may have also been wrapped.

    I sat at the command console and kept rerunning the above line until I
    got the syntax correct. Once I had that part correct, I then moved to
    trying to setup wpa_supplicant so that it ran as a service.

    There is a win_example.reg file which can be modified so that the correct
    registry entries get written. Just edit the file when you get the above
    command line version running.

    When you get the registry setup, just run:

    wpasvc.exe reg /full_path/to/wpasvc.exe

    Make sure you include the program name of wpasvc.exe at the end.

    I also seem to have to run the Windows software that originally came with
    the Linksys wireless NIC. Not sure why. I would think that it would not
    be needed. I tried removing the Windows Linksys software and everything
    broke. Maybe it also removed some needed drivers for the Linksys wireless
    NIC.

    Try this and see if any of the above helps.

    I am sure there may be some typos in the above. If so, let me know, and I
    will try and correct.

    Good luck.
     
    Frank Hahn, Dec 1, 2007
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