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    logos7 NNTP User

    Question can't get my wifi to connect...

    hi guys,

    just wanted to give 11.2 beta a shot. I downloaded and installed build 0268 (think that was Milestone 6)The install went as smooth as possible except one thing: the wifi. My adapter (Atheros) was perfectly detected and identified, using ATH9K module, my router was well detected too, but once I entered the WEP key I was prompted to enter it again and again..so connecting was a no go. may be something went wrong with KWallet...not sure. I deleted the connection and recreated it without using KWallet (I guess the system can store the wep key without it) but I kept being prompted for the key...thanks for letting me know if I missed something or if that was a bug of the beta
    ps: I don't have Suse currently installed; as I couldn't connect I had to remove the install and go back to my current distro. So if there is a 100% fix for that WEP key issue, I might install again.

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    Default Re: can't get my wifi to connect...

    The wifi manager is still broken, use ifup through Yast instead.
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    Default Re: can't get my wifi to connect...

    A lot of people are having very similar problems with Networkmanager under KDE4. Best solution - go to Yast-Network Settings-Global Options. Change Network Setup Method to 'Traditional Method with ifup'. Install WICD.
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    logos7 NNTP User

    Default Re: can't get my wifi to connect...

    thanks for the feedback guys. I tried the traditional network management instead of Suse "Networkmanager"...didn't work either but from your posts I think I should have installed an additional package :
    WICD
    ...don't know what that is but I'll try that

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    Quote Originally Posted by logos7 View Post
    .... but from your posts I think I should have installed an additional package : ...don't know what that is but I'll try that
    No, traditional method also works without wicd (_if_ setup correctly).

    If it wouldn't I would be offline at the moment.

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    It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.

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    Default Re: can't get my wifi to connect...

    I got wpa and web 128 bit working on network manager
    I think wpa is more secure so I am using that
    set the security mode on your router
    delete your wireless connection
    add the connection
    wireless security wpa/wpa2 personal enter password the same that is on your router wep enter password. authentication shared key. My router is belkin

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    Quote Originally Posted by dale14846 View Post
    I got wpa and web 128 bit working on network manager
    I think wpa is more secure so I am using that
    set the security mode on your router
    delete your wireless connection
    add the connection
    wireless security wpa/wpa2 personal enter password the same that is on your router wep enter password. authentication shared key. My router is belkin
    I have the WRT54GS (running DD-WRT, my firmware of choice) and I use WPA for all the wireless connections. Currently, it's one laptop (running XP) and my desktop (triple-boots 7 x64 RTM, openSuSE 11.2 M7 x64 KDE, and Kubuntu 9.4 x64). The desktop has both wired and wireless connections to the same router (wired is the default), and no problems configuring the wireless connection. If your wireless adapter is picked up, you can select from available networks by right-clicking on the network icon and selecting Connect to Other Network; then, follow the prompts. No need to even *visit* Yast.

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    jineshkj NNTP User

    Default Re: can't get my wifi to connect...

    I am facing the same problem with 11.2 M6. No matter how many times I enter the WEP key, it keeps asking it again.

    Once thing though; after I enter the key, it seems iwconfig shows that the wireless interface is configured properly and thereafter knetworkmanager applet shows the status as 'Obtaining Network Address' (which means it is attempting DHCP). After doing this for a while, it fails and asks for the WEP key again.

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    Default Re: can't get my wifi to connect...

    Quote Originally Posted by jineshkj View Post
    I am facing the same problem with 11.2 M6. No matter how many times I enter the WEP key, it keeps asking it again.

    Once thing though; after I enter the key, it seems iwconfig shows that the wireless interface is configured properly and thereafter knetworkmanager applet shows the status as 'Obtaining Network Address' (which means it is attempting DHCP). After doing this for a while, it fails and asks for the WEP key again.
    This is pretty much the same problem I have had with network manager. Nothing I did would make it work, after spending, literally, days trying to figure it out I installed WICD which autoconnected straight away, and I haven't looked back. There are so many problems with Networkmanager under KDE4, it seems to either works well, not at all or, goes good/bad depending on the weather, or moon phase. Given all these problems I really think that the continuing use of NM as the default in openSUSE and other distros should be seriously reconsidered. Wireless problems are the major cause of stress with laptop users, but when the programme being used is problematic at best, then it time to reconsider its use. Some distros and DMs are defaulting to WICD, mainly because it is a rock solid and dependable solution. openSUSE should do the same.
    Last edited by Dwarfer99; 19-Sep-2009 at 01:20. Reason: extra.
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