Where can I test out wifi?

Walter Dnes waltdnes-SLHPyeZ9y/tg9hUCZPvPmw at public.gmane.org
Fri Nov 13 07:49:04 UTC 2009

On Thu, Nov 12, 2009 at 01:37:15PM -0300, Marcelo Cavalcante wrote
> Well.. What's your OS?

  Gentoo with Fluxbox WM.

> Have any wifi software like wicd, networkmanager, etc.. ?

  Not when I wrote the email... maybe that's why I get...

[aa1][root][/usr/src/linux] iwlist wlan0 scanning
wlan0     Interface doesn't support scanning : Network is down


  The Knoppix boot key does see 5 wireless networks in my building.  I
get 5 listings like your "NeuronetZvovo".  That's surprising, since
Knoppix is using the Ath5k driver and lspci -v says that my netbook has

03:00.0 Ethernet controller: Atheros Communications Inc. AR242x 802.11abg Wireless PCI Express Adapter (rev 01)
        Subsystem: Foxconn International, Inc. Device e00d

  If the Knoppix ethernet driver worked, I'd be very tempted to blow
away Gentoo on the netbook, and do a hard-disk install of Knoppix.
Under Gentoo, I emerged ath5k and networkmanager and got...

[aa1][root][~] ln -s /etc/init.d/net.lo /etc/init.d/net.wlan0
[aa1][root][~] /etc/init.d/net.wlan0 start
 * Caching service dependencies ...
 * Starting wlan0
 *   Configuring wireless network for wlan0
 *   wlan0 does not support scanning
 *   You either need to set a preferred_aps list in /etc/conf.d/wireless
 *      preferred_aps=( "ESSID1" "ESSID2" )
 *      and set associate_order_wlan0="forcepreferred"
 *      or set associate_order_wlan0="forcepreferredonly"
 *   or hardcode the ESSID to "any" and let the driver find an Access Point
 *      essid_wlan0="any"
 *   or configure defaulting to Ad-Hoc when Managed fails
 *      adhoc_essid_wlan0="WLAN"
 *   or hardcode the ESSID against the interface (not recommended)
 *      essid_wlan0="ESSID"
 *   Failed to configure wireless for wlan0

  Anybody have a working /etc/conf.d/wireless they're willing to share
(minus your passwords, of course <G>).

Walter Dnes <waltdnes-SLHPyeZ9y/tg9hUCZPvPmw at public.gmane.org>
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