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    Default Wireless encryption doesn't turn on

    openSUSE 11.3; MB GigaByte GA-G41M-COMBO R; CPU Intel PDC E6500;

    Problem with wireless: Rosewill: RNX-G300LX 54M RTL

    I went through the configuration procedure in Yast ->Network Settings. To complete the installation I downloaded kernel-firmware using a LAN ethernet connection on the same computer.

    I completed the configuration procedure, including a WPA password.

    After finishing configuration, I could not open a browser and I could not
    ping my wireless router. My DSL and router are functioning, as other
    computers with wireless connections on the network are functioning normally.

    DIAGNOSTIC INFORMATION

    HARDWARE: From Yast-> Hardware
    Code:
    29: PCI 300.0: 0282 WLAN controller
      [Created at pci.318]
      Unique ID: y9sn.gohsp1cSoiA
      Parent ID: 6NW+.4thWDiESYU7
      SysFS ID: /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1e.0/0000:03:00.0
      SysFS BusID: 0000:03:00.0
      Hardware Class: network
      Model: "RaLink EW-7108PCg"
      Vendor: pci 0x1814 "RaLink"
      Device: pci 0x0301 "RT2561/RT61 802.11g PCI"
      SubVendor: pci 0x1814 "RaLink"
      SubDevice: pci 0x2561 "EW-7108PCg"
      Driver: "rt61pci"
      Driver Modules: "rt61pci"
      Device File: wlan0
      Features: WLAN
      Memory Range: 0xfddf8000-0xfddfffff (rw,non-prefetchable)
      IRQ: 20 (4781 events)
      HW Address: 00:1a:ef:19:2e:09
      Link detected: yes
      WLAN channels: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
      WLAN frequencies: 2.412 2.417 2.422 2.427 2.432 2.437 2.442 2.447 2.452 2.457 2.462 2.467 2.472 2.484
      WLAN encryption modes: WEP40 WEP104 TKIP CCMP
      WLAN authentication modes: open sharedkey wpa-psk wpa-eap
      Module Alias: "pci:v00001814d00000301sv00001814sd00002561bc02sc80i00"
      Driver Info #0:
        Driver Status: rt61pci is active
        Driver Activation Cmd: "modprobe rt61pci"
      Config Status: cfg=no, avail=yes, need=no, active=unknown
      Attached to: #23 (PCI bridge)
    INSTALLATION: From dmesg
    Code:
    [    5.337494] rt61pci 0000:03:00.0: PCI INT A -> GSI 20 (level, low) -> IRQ 20
    
    [   41.326713] rt61pci 0000:03:00.0: firmware: requesting rt2561s.bin
    [   41.354737] ADDRCONF(NETDEV_UP): wlan0: link is not ready
    [   42.673136] wlan0: authenticate with 00:26:5a:fc:ca:8c (try 1)
    [   42.675149] wlan0: authenticated
    [   42.681134] wlan0: associate with 00:26:5a:fc:ca:8c (try 1)
    [   42.684679] wlan0: RX AssocResp from 00:26:5a:fc:ca:8c (capab=0x431 status=0 aid=2)
    [   42.684683] wlan0: associated
    [   42.685480] ADDRCONF(NETDEV_CHANGE): wlan0: link becomes ready
    SERVER: from iwlist scan
    Code:
    GBLinux:/home/stevek # /usr/sbin/iwlist scan
    lo        Interface doesn't support scanning.
    
    eth0      Interface doesn't support scanning.
    
    wlan0     Scan completed :
              Cell 01 - Address: 00:26:5A:FC:CA:8C
                        Channel:6
                        Frequency:2.437 GHz (Channel 6)
                        Quality=70/70  Signal level=-28 dBm  
                        Encryption key:on
                        ESSID:"HOMEWiFi"
                        Bit Rates:1 Mb/s; 2 Mb/s; 5.5 Mb/s; 11 Mb/s; 6 Mb/s
                                  9 Mb/s; 12 Mb/s; 18 Mb/s
                        Bit Rates:24 Mb/s; 36 Mb/s; 48 Mb/s; 54 Mb/s
                        Mode:Master
                        Extra:tsf=000000049e391aa3
                        Extra: Last beacon: 3ms ago
                        IE: Unknown: 0008484F4D4557694669
                        IE: Unknown: 010882848B960C121824
                        IE: Unknown: 030106
                        IE: WPA Version 1
                            Group Cipher : TKIP
                            Pairwise Ciphers (2) : CCMP TKIP
                            Authentication Suites (1) : PSK
                        IE: Unknown: 2A0100
                        IE: Unknown: 32043048606C
                        IE: Unknown: DD180050F2020101840003A4000027A4000042435E0062322F00
                        IE: Unknown: DD1E00904C334E101BFFFF000000000000000000000000000000000000000000
                        IE: Unknown: 2D1A4E101BFFFF000000000000000000000000000000000000000000
                        IE: Unknown: DD1A00904C3406071B00000000000000000000000000000000000000
                        IE: Unknown: 3D1606071B00000000000000000000000000000000000000
                        IE: Unknown: DD0900037F01010000FF7F
                        IE: Unknown: DD0A00037F04010002004000
                        IE: Unknown: DD9E0050F204104A0001101044000102103B000103104700100000000000001000000000265AFCCA8C10210006442D4C69
    				 6E6B1023000D442D4C696E6B20526F75746572102400074449522D363135104200046E6F6E651054000800060050F204000
    				  110110016442D4C696E6B2053797374656D73204449522D363135100800020086103C000103104900140024E26002000101
    				  600000020001600100020001
    WIRELESS CARD: from iwconfig
    PROBLEM: ENCRYPTION KEY: OFF
    Code:
    GBLinux:/home/stevek # /usr/sbin/iwconfig
    lo        no wireless extensions.
    
    eth0      no wireless extensions.
    
    wlan0     IEEE 802.11bg  ESSID:"HOMEWiFi"  
              Mode:Managed  Frequency:2.437 GHz  Access Point: 00:26:5A:FC:CA:8C   
              Bit Rate=1 Mb/s   Tx-Power=20 dBm   
              Retry  long limit:7   RTS thr:off   Fragment thr:off
              Encryption key:off
              Power Management:off
              Link Quality=70/70  Signal level=-28 dBm  
              Rx invalid nwid:0  Rx invalid crypt:0  Rx invalid frag:0
              Tx excessive retries:0  Invalid misc:0   Missed beacon:0
    NETWORK STATUS: from ifconfig
    Code:
     
    GBLinux:/home/stevek # /sbin/ifconfig
    eth0      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 1C:6F:65:EA:4C:8A  
              inet addr:192.168.0.107  Bcast:192.168.0.255  Mask:255.255.255.0
              UP BROADCAST MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1
              RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
              TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
              collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000 
              RX bytes:0 (0.0 b)  TX bytes:0 (0.0 b)
              Interrupt:28 
    
    lo        Link encap:Local Loopback  
              inet addr:127.0.0.1  Mask:255.0.0.0
              inet6 addr: ::1/128 Scope:Host
              UP LOOPBACK RUNNING  MTU:16436  Metric:1
              RX packets:120 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
              TX packets:120 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
              collisions:0 txqueuelen:0 
              RX bytes:9542 (9.3 Kb)  TX bytes:9542 (9.3 Kb)
    
    wlan0     Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:1A:EF:19:2E:09  
              inet addr:192.168.0.106  Bcast:192.168.0.255  Mask:255.255.255.0
              UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1
              RX packets:1203 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
              TX packets:21 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
              collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000 
              RX bytes:421302 (411.4 Kb)  TX bytes:5398 (5.2 Kb)
    FAILURE: Attempt ping
    Code:
    GBLinux:/home/stevek # ping -c 5 192.168.0.1
    PING 192.168.0.1 (192.168.0.1) 56(84) bytes of data.
    From 192.168.0.107: icmp_seq=2 Destination Host Unreachable
    From 192.168.0.107 icmp_seq=2 Destination Host Unreachable
    From 192.168.0.107 icmp_seq=3 Destination Host Unreachable
    From 192.168.0.107 icmp_seq=4 Destination Host Unreachable
    From 192.168.0.107 icmp_seq=5 Destination Host Unreachable
    
    --- 192.168.0.1 ping statistics ---
    5 packets transmitted, 0 received, +5 errors, 100% packet loss, time 4000ms
    , pipe 3
    ENCRYPTION WPA supplicant file
    Code:
    GBLinux:/home/stevek # cat /var/run/wpa_supplicant-wlan0.conf
    ctrl_interface=/var/run/wpa_supplicant
    ap_scan=1
    network={
      scan_ssid=1
      ssid="HOMEWiFi"
      key_mgmt=WPA-PSK
      psk="**********" 
    }
    To me it looks like the wireless card is defective. I have firmware from the manufacturer but the file is identical with that provided by kernel-firmware.

    This is my first attempt at a wireless card configuration so maybe I'm missing something.
    Steve
    Desktop #4: openSUSE 11.2(x86-64)|KDE 4.3.5|AMD Athlon 64 Processor 3500|NVidia GeForce 6150LE|3.8 GB RAM

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    Default Re: Wireless encryption doesn't turn on

    It looks like it's just a configuration issue. I find it much easier to configure the wireless network with network manager. You can switch to network manager in YAST. If the card was defective it wouldn't turn on.

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    Default Re: Wireless encryption doesn't turn on

    Quote Originally Posted by portlsteve View Post
    To me it looks like the wireless card is defective.
    It looks to me as if it is trying to send the packets out through eth0, so the wireless card is not even being used.

    Maybe you just need to tell yast to not use the ethernet card, so that it will then route via the wireless card.
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    Default Re: Wireless encryption doesn't turn on

    If the wired nic is plugged in, wireless is disabled automatically.

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    Default Re: Wireless encryption doesn't turn on

    All the configuration information I provided in my original post was obtained with no wired ethernet connection to the wired NIC. One unresolved issue I have concerns the chip to be configured. The installation information given above indicates that the wlan controller is Ralink EW-7108Cg needing driver rt61pci and firmware rt2561s.bin. When I inspected the pci card directly, one of the two chips on the card is a Ralink chip. The other chip on the card is a Marvell chip and the Rosewill web site identifies the chipset for the card as 88W8335 + 88W8010 Marvell. Is openSUSE possibly identifying the wrong chipset to be configured for the card? What should I do if the Marvell is indeed the proper chipset to configure?
    Steve
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    Default Re: Wireless encryption doesn't turn on

    CORRECTION: Only one chip on the card can be clearly identified and the chip appears to be Ralink RT2561T. It remains true that the Rosewill site identifies the chipset for the card as 88W8335 + 88W8010 Marvell.
    Steve
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    Default Re: Wireless encryption doesn't turn on

    On 04/12/2011 04:06 PM, portlsteve wrote:
    >
    > CORRECTION: Only one chip on the card can be clearly identified and the
    > chip appears to be Ralink RT2561T. It remains true that the Rosewill
    > site identifies the chipset for the card as 88W8335 + 88W8010 Marvell.


    As with all devices, the PCI or USB IDs will determine what driver is needed.
    Rather than looking at the chips, you need to provide the numbers from
    '/sbin/lspci -nn' or lsusb.

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    Default Re: Wireless encryption doesn't turn on

    I'll post the /sbin/lspci report when I'm able. The card was returned to the supplier under a 30 day replacement guarantee and I should have a replecement in a week or so. Thanks everyone for the help.
    Steve
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    Default Re: Wireless encryption doesn't turn on

    While the card is gone, here's the lspci and lspci -n reports that I saved when the card was being installed.
    [copy]
    GBLinux:/home/stevek # /sbin/lspci
    ...
    02:00.0 Ethernet controller: Atheros Communications AR8151 v1.0 Gigabit Ethernet (rev c0)
    03:00.0 Network controller: RaLink RT2561/RT61 802.11g PCI

    GBLinux:/home/stevek # /sbin/lspci -n
    ...
    02:00.0 0200: 1969:1073 (rev c0)
    03:00.0 0280: 1814:0301
    [/copy]
    Steve
    Desktop #4: openSUSE 11.2(x86-64)|KDE 4.3.5|AMD Athlon 64 Processor 3500|NVidia GeForce 6150LE|3.8 GB RAM

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