fixed - wlan0: disassociating from nn:nn:nn:nn:nn:nn by local choice (reason=3)

having the iw option power_save turned on appears to have been the cause of my suddenly useless my wifi connection

though i don’t remember turning this option on intentionally i can’t rule that out - or maybe is set in 12.3 scripts?

i use the physical ‘on’ switch for the wireless card and have not modified the power settings on wifi cards in previous versions of OpenSuSE, even when we had to build the wifi modules manually… power_save=on would not mean don’t bother to power the card, if i were guessing

from this in the log:

wlan0: disassociating from nn:nn:nn:nn:nn:nn by local choice (reason=3)

==> wpa_supplicant.log <==
wlan0: CTRL-EVENT-DISCONNECTED bssid=00:00:00:00:00:00 reason=3
wlan0: Failed to initiate AP scan
wlan0: SME: Trying to authenticate with 00:1c:b3:ad:88:0e (SSID=‘upstairs’ freq=2422 MHz)
wlan0: Trying to associate with 00:1c:b3:ad:88:0e (SSID=‘upstairs’ freq=2422 MHz)
wlan0: Associated with 00:1c:b3:ad:88:0e
wlan0: CTRL-EVENT-CONNECTED - Connection to 00:1c:b3:ad:88:0e completed (reauth) [id=0 id_str=]
wlan0: CTRL-EVENT-DISCONNECTED bssid=00:1c:b3:ad:88:0e reason=3
wlan0: CTRL-EVENT-DISCONNECTED bssid=00:00:00:00:00:00 reason=3
wlan0: SME: Trying to authenticate with 00:1c:b3:ad:88:0e (SSID=‘upstairs’ freq=2422 MHz)
wlan0: SME: Authentication request to the driver failed

chased down reason=3 and found it was related to power - the physical switch turns card off/on - and cycling that power is recognized by NetworkManager - tries to bring up the card, gets a dhcp address briefly - then fails

iwconfig wlan0 power off
iwconfig wlan0 power on   made no difference

however

iw wlan0 set power_save off

suddenly brought the card back online - turning it back on does not appear to kill the link

two other changes at roughly the same time could have impacted the issue:

  1. commented out the regulatory domain entirely in

/etc/sysconfig/network/config
#WIRELESS_REGULATORY_DOMAIN=’’"

  1. killed the dhcpcp-hook that was stuck attempting to get an address assigned

not sure if those could have affected the result. now to reboot and see if the issue remains fixed.

now to reboot and make sure that was the real fix.
had none of that trouble with 12.2 - wanted to provide this admittedly imprecise report - in case the same is helpful to others.
/j

Sony Vaio VPCF1
wlan0 device: Atheros Communications Inc. AR9287 Wireless Network Adapter (PCI-Express) (rev 01)

loki:/etc/sysconfig/network/scripts # cat /etc/SuSE-release
openSUSE 12.3 (x86_64)
VERSION = 12.3
CODENAME = Dartmouth

On 02/13/2013 05:06 PM, chaosless wrote:
> VERSION = 12.3

this should have been posted in the pre-release/beta forum where it
would draw the attention of you fellow software testers…

please press the “Report” button at the bottom left of the message
window and ‘report’ the wrongly placed post and ask that it be
moved…thanks…


dd
openSUSE®, the “German Engineered Automobile” of operating systems!

Will be moved. CLOSED for the moment.

Moved from Wireless and open again.

apologies, will be more careful next time