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    Question Wifi Works, but see my network. :|

    Ok.. I have a Dell Inspiron 2200 running on the BCM43xx firmware. Works fine. I have a rather odd problem though. I can only see open networks. My own network doesn't show up, even though I'm 2 feet away from the router. Instead the linksys two apartments over shows up, because it's unprotected. Any advice? I'm a linux noob.. so.. bare with me.

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    Default Re: Wifi Works, but see my network. :|

    aa187 wrote:
    > Ok.. I have a Dell Inspiron 2200 running on the BCM43xx firmware. Works
    > fine. I have a rather odd problem though. I can only see open networks.
    > My own network doesn't show up, even though I'm 2 feet away from the
    > router. Instead the linksys two apartments over shows up, because it's
    > unprotected. Any advice? I'm a linux noob.. so.. bare with me.


    Is your SSID hidden? What does the command '/usr/sbin/iwlist scan' show?

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    Default Re: Wifi Works, but see my network. :|

    Thanks for quick reply. No, my SSID is broadcasting, should be BRANN138. Here's the clip from iwscan.

    <code>~> lo Interface doesn't support scanning.
    >
    > eth0 Interface doesn't support scanning.
    bash: lo: command not found
    gbrann@linux-i1go:~>
    gbrann@linux-i1go:~> wmaster0 Interface doesn't support scanning.
    >
    > wlan0 Scan completed :
    > Cell 01 - Address: 00:13:10:CB:04:40
    > ESSID:"linksys"
    > Mode:Master
    > Channel:6
    > Frequency:2.437 GHz (Channel 6)
    > Quality=46/100 Signal level=-81 dBm Noise level=-69 dBm
    > Encryption keyff
    > Bit Rates:1 Mb/s; 2 Mb/s; 5.5 Mb/s; 11 Mb/s;6Mb/s
    > 9 Mb/s; 12 Mb/s; 18 Mb/s; 24 Mb/s;36 Mb/s
    > 48 Mb/s; 54 Mb/s
    > Extra:tsf=0000005b4e71d182
    >
    </code>

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    Default Re: Wifi Works, but see my network. :|

    If you run the command 5 or 6 times, does your AP show up? If not, tell us more
    about your AP.

    Larry

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    Doing some updates now. I followed another post I found on here that was extactly like my own problem.. So I'm installing knetwork and all the WAP updates. All in all, I'm getting about 400mb of updates. Thankfully I have a nice 15mb download off the pipe. I'll try that and rerun the terminal commands and see what I come up with. Thank you for all your help.

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    Default Re: Wifi Works, but see my network. :|

    iwlist scan:

    Code:
    gbrann@linux-i1go:~> /usr/sbin/iwlist scan
    lo        Interface doesn't support scanning.
    
    eth0      Interface doesn't support scanning.
    
    wmaster0  Interface doesn't support scanning.
    
    wlan0     No scan results
    
    gbrann@linux-i1go:~> /usr/sbin/iwlist scan
    lo        Interface doesn't support scanning.
    
    eth0      Interface doesn't support scanning.
    
    wmaster0  Interface doesn't support scanning.
    
    wlan0     Scan completed :
              Cell 01 - Address: 00:1F:B3:0D:AB:A9
                        ESSID:"2WIRE812"          
                        Mode:Master               
                        Channel:5                 
                        Frequency:2.432 GHz (Channel 5)
                        Quality=60/100  Signal level=-69 dBm  Noise level=-68 dBm
                        Encryption key:on                                        
                        Bit Rates:1 Mb/s; 2 Mb/s; 5.5 Mb/s; 6 Mb/s; 9 Mb/s       
                                  11 Mb/s; 12 Mb/s; 18 Mb/s; 24 Mb/s; 36 Mb/s    
                                  48 Mb/s; 54 Mb/s                               
                        Extra:tsf=0000000e7f60d974                               
              Cell 02 - Address: 00:1F:B3:CA:54:D1                               
                        ESSID:"2WIRE153"                                         
                        Mode:Master                                              
                        Channel:9                                                
                        Frequency:2.452 GHz (Channel 9)                          
                        Quality=65/100  Signal level=-64 dBm  Noise level=-68 dBm                                                
                        Encryption key:on                                                                                        
                        IE: WPA Version 1                                                                                        
                            Group Cipher : TKIP                                                                                  
                            Pairwise Ciphers (1) : TKIP                                                                          
                            Authentication Suites (1) : PSK                                                                      
                        Bit Rates:1 Mb/s; 2 Mb/s; 5.5 Mb/s; 6 Mb/s; 9 Mb/s                                                       
                                  11 Mb/s; 12 Mb/s; 18 Mb/s; 24 Mb/s; 36 Mb/s                                                    
                                  48 Mb/s; 54 Mb/s                                                                               
                        Extra:tsf=00000a6b7917e80c                                                                               
              Cell 03 - Address: 00:1F:C6:64:ED:D4                                                                               
                        ESSID:"BRANN138"                                                                                         
                        Mode:Master                                                                                              
                        Channel:11                                                                                               
                        Frequency:2.462 GHz (Channel 11)                                                                         
                        Quality=78/100  Signal level=-51 dBm  Noise level=-68 dBm                                                
                        Encryption key:on                                                                                        
                        Bit Rates:1 Mb/s; 2 Mb/s; 5.5 Mb/s; 11 Mb/s; 18 Mb/s                                                     
                                  24 Mb/s; 36 Mb/s; 54 Mb/s; 6 Mb/s; 9 Mb/s
                                  12 Mb/s; 48 Mb/s
                        Extra:tsf=00000047c9010303
    
    gbrann@linux-i1go:~> /usr/sbin/iwlist scan
    lo        Interface doesn't support scanning.
    
    eth0      Interface doesn't support scanning.
    
    wmaster0  Interface doesn't support scanning.
    
    wlan0     No scan results
    
    gbrann@linux-i1go:~> /use/sbin/iwlist scan
    bash: /use/sbin/iwlist: No such file or directory
    gbrann@linux-i1go:~> /usr/sbin/iwlist scan
    lo        Interface doesn't support scanning.
    
    eth0      Interface doesn't support scanning.
    
    wmaster0  Interface doesn't support scanning.
    
    wlan0     No scan results
    
    gbrann@linux-i1go: /usr/sbin/iwlist scan
    lo        Interface doesn't support scanning.
    
    eth0      Interface doesn't support scanning.
    
    wmaster0  Interface doesn't support scanning.
    
    wlan0     No scan results
    
    gbrann@linux-i1go:
    ----

    As you can see, the network was found the second time, but then failed to repeat. The network i'm looking for is the BRANN138 one, which is on a Netgear Wireless Cable Modem / Router. Not my pick of the litter, but thats what TW issued out to connect to the net. The network has WPA encryption. Scans elsewhere in the system, i.e. kWiFiManager, shows no networks in the area.

    All this time, I'm 2 feet from the router. Since I'm hardwired in by CAT5e.

    Now.. I'm lost. haha

    oh.. and I have every single update there is have.

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    Default Re: Wifi Works, but see my network. :|

    As long as the ascan can see it at all, you should be able to tell YaST to use
    NetworkManager, then use the applet to "Edit Connections" and "Add Connection".
    Enter your ESSID, and encryption details - DO NOT click on "Connect and Save"
    until you have seen all the screens and Next is no longer active. It should
    connect at that point.

    Larry

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    Thanks Larry. Thanks to you I got this thing working.

    Now to conquer the speed issue. It suddenly got OMG slow. lol But thats another topic and i think its been covered already.

    Thanks again larry.

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