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    Default How to connect to a wireless access point in gnome.

    Hello:

    I am new to opensuse and unfamiliar with setting up a wireless connection on my laptop. I am running Opensuse 11.0 and Gnome. My wireless card seems to actually be recognized and configured. The specs are below.

    Network Settings under Yast shows this:

    Intel Corporation PRO/Wireless 3945ABG
    PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection (Not connected)
    MAC : 00:18:de:8a:36:15
    Device Name: wlan0
    Started automatically at boot
    IP address assigned using DHCP

    /usr/sbin/iwlist wlan0 scan shows this:

    wlan0 Scan completed :
    Cell 01 - Address: 00:13:10:68:95:C3
    ESSID:"Herr"
    Mode:Master
    Channel:1
    Frequency:2.412 GHz (Channel 1)
    Quality=55/100 Signal level=-75 dBm Noise level=-127 dBm
    Encryption keyn
    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; 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=0000007f82c9ca95

    I am not sure, but all I think I need to do is find where networkmanager-gnome is located and use that to connect to my wireless point.

    Any help would be appreciated.

    Thanks,

    Steve

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    Default Re: How to connect to a wireless access point in gnome.

    stevenherr wrote:
    > Hello:
    >
    > I am new to opensuse and unfamiliar with setting up a wireless
    > connection on my laptop. I am running Opensuse 11.0 and Gnome. My
    > wireless card seems to act> I am not sure, but all I think I need to do is find where
    > networkmanager-gnome is located and use that to connect to my wireless
    > point.


    I don't use Gnome on openSUSE, but Ubuntu has the applet's icon in the
    upper right-hand corner of the screen. As long as an 'iwlist scan'
    shows your AP, you need to configure the wireless. In some devices,
    the scan will work if the wireless switch is off - thus that should be
    checked as well.

    Larry

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    Default Re: How to connect to a wireless access point in gnome.

    Sorry to be a little dense, but I need to clarify something. When you say "As long as an 'iwlist scan'
    shows your AP, you need to configure the wireless", do you mean I need to configure the wireless settings on my laptop?

    Also, when you say "In some devices,
    the scan will work if the wireless switch is off", do you mean that my laptop has a physical switch for wireless? If so, it doesn't. I have a dual boot laptop and the wireless works fine under windows.

    By the way, I don't see the icon you mentioned. Do you know that command to start it from the prompt?

    Thanks,

    Steve

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    Default Re: How to connect to a wireless access point in gnome.

    You need to go to YaST - network devices - network settings. click on your wireless device to highlight it.Then,click on configure/edit. fill in the blanks as necessary.

    Andy
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    Default Re: How to connect to a wireless access point in gnome.

    Thank-you for that. I have the following filled out:

    Activate Device: At Boot Time
    Assign Interface to Firewall Zone: External Zone
    Ticked off to Enable Device Control for Non-root User Via Kinternet
    Set MTU: blank

    Dynamic Address: DHCP

    Device Name: wlan0
    Module Name: iwl3945

    After reading the Help, I thought to change Activate Device to On Cable Connection as it said it would connect if an available wireless router is available. After, I still receive 'no connection'.

    Any other ideas?

    Thanks,

    Steve

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    Default Re: How to connect to a wireless access point in gnome.

    I thought to change Activate Device to On Cable Connection
    this is for wired ethernet cables not wireless.Change it to on boot for wireless & for wired to on cable connect

    Andy
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    Default Re: How to connect to a wireless access point in gnome.

    SORRY! I never thought to left click on the network icon in the system tray. I was always right clicking and following the menus. If there is anyone in the future reading this thread and who uses gnome, just left click on the network icon and you will be prompted to connect to the AP if you follow the menus.

    Thanks for you help guys and please excuse my ignorance!

    Steve

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