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    Default BCM4328 - Can't set ESSID or iwlist scan doesn't find any

    My wireless card (BCM4328 on the MacBook Pro) doesn't set the ESSID when I used the command:
    Code:
    iwconfig eth1 essid spnet
    It looks like this command doesn't have any effect.
    Code:
    eth1      IEEE 802.11abgn  ESSID:""
              Mode:Managed  Frequency:2.412 GHz  Access Point: Not-Associated
              Bit Rate:14 Mb/s   Tx-Power:32 dBm
              Retry min limit:7   RTS thr:off   Fragment thr:off
              Power Managementmode:All packets received
              Link Quality=5/5  Signal level=0 dBm  Noise level=-87 dBm
              Rx invalid nwid:0  Rx invalid crypt:0  Rx invalid frag:0
              Tx excessive retries:0  Invalid misc:0   Missed beacon:0
    I'm trying the latest "wl" driver.
    It can be connected to "spnet" from the Mac OS.
    I tried setting up using Yast but since it was not working, I used the iwconfig command.
    Also, "iwlist eth1 scan" doesn't return any result.

    What could be the problem?

    Code:
    #uname -r
    2.6.27.25-0.1-default
    Code:
    #modinfo wl
    filename:       /lib/modules/2.6.27.25-0.1-default/updates/wl.ko
    srcversion:     562B1ECA508CC3E2D48DBE6
    alias:          pci:v000014E4d00004357sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
    alias:          pci:v000014E4d00004353sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
    alias:          pci:v000014E4d0000432Dsv*sd*bc*sc*i*
    alias:          pci:v000014E4d0000432Csv*sd*bc*sc*i*
    alias:          pci:v000014E4d0000432Bsv*sd*bc*sc*i*
    alias:          pci:v000014E4d0000432Asv*sd*bc*sc*i*
    alias:          pci:v000014E4d00004329sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
    alias:          pci:v000014E4d00004328sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
    alias:          pci:v000014E4d00004315sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
    alias:          pci:v000014E4d00004313sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
    alias:          pci:v000014E4d00004312sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
    alias:          pci:v000014E4d00004311sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
    depends:        ieee80211_crypt
    vermagic:       2.6.27.25-0.1-default SMP mod_unload modversions
    parm:           oneonly:int
    parm:           piomode:int
    parm:           nompc:int
    parm:           name:string
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    Default Re: BCM4328 - Can't set ESSID or iwlist scan doesn't find an

    Tried using network manager ? Also, IIRC, if using broadcoms wl driver, you may need to disable/blacklist ssb, did you do this ?

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    Default Re: BCM4328 - Can't set ESSID or iwlist scan doesn't find an

    Sorry for the delayed response, I am still on vacation

    I have ssb blacklisted and tried networkmanager too. No difference
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    Default Re: BCM4328 - Can't set ESSID or iwlist scan doesn't find an

    i have basically the same issue - after s/w update today, the wireless card (cisco 350) doesn't connect. i removed the conn in the ntwk mgr and put it back in. no help.

    i'm using suse11.1, kde4.

    iwconfig eth2 shows
    eth2 IEEE 802.11-DS ESSID:";pd$\x11\x9E\x09\xDC\xAA\xD4\xAC\xF2\x1B\x10\xAF;3\xCD\xE3PHG\x15\\xBBo"\x19\xBA\x9B}\xF5"
    Mode:Managed Frequency: 2.437 GHz Access Point: Invalid
    Bit Rate: 11 Mb/s Tx-Power=20 dBm Sensitivity=0/65535
    Retry limit:16 RTS thr: off Fragment thr: off
    Power Management: off
    Link Quality=92/100 Signal level=-50 dBm Noise level=-92 dBm
    Rx invalid nwid:15554 Rx invalid crypt: 0 Rx invalid frag: 0
    Tx excessive retries:0 Invalid misc:108231 Missed beacon: 0
    note no mention of Encryption. further note "rx invalid nwid"
    also note all other boxes working fine wirelessly.


    so i set the essid using iwconfig eth2 essid myessid, iwconfig eth2 then showed the correct essid and a new line saying Encryption key: off

    then i set the key using iwconfig eth2 key 1234567812346789...

    iwconfig eth2 continues to show encryption off, even after iwconfig eth2 key on.

    if i put in the key before changing the essid, it appears to turn on the encryption and shows the usual Encryption : ****-****... line, but then the essid appears whacked.

    iwlist scanning shows the wireless router with what appears to be the correct info.

    am i correct in thinking the ntwk mgr database is in the gconf db? if so, it doesn't show up with gconf-editor.

    thoughts?

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    Default Re: BCM4328 - Can't set ESSID or iwlist scan doesn't find an

    hmmm... can't edit posts after 10 minutes. so, a new post it is.

    in the ensuing time, i used yast to config eth2 (use traditional instead of ntwk mgr). all is well, if you don't mind not using the ntwk mgr. for me, thats ok, but i'd still like to know how to get ntwk mgr to work properly.

    tnx

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    Default Re: BCM4328 - Can't set ESSID or iwlist scan doesn't find an

    In my case, I tried the traditional way first but that too didn't work. (See the opening post).
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    Default Re: BCM4328 - Can't set ESSID or iwlist scan doesn't find an

    Finally, after updating the system with latest broadcom-wl driver, it started working!
    openSUSE 12.3 (x86_64) with Kernel 3.7.10-1.16-desktop and KDE 4.11.2 on MacBook Pro
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