Wireless access point issue - puzzled

My hard disc has two partitions - Windows Vista and openSuse Linux.
I can connect to internet using Windows Vista but not using openSuse.
Looks like I cannot associate my wireless usb modem with the access point.
What could have gone wrong?
I posted this message 2 days back - yesterday I got the connection for a couple of hours but then again I lost it.
I was wondering what configuration changes can I possibly make to get it working. I tried switching to KDE from Genome but no results.
I’m using Network Manager after repitive failures with ifup.

Following are the results of a few commands which I came across in other threads/stickies in this forum. Please let me know if I need to provide any more information.

Information 1

linux-ra3e:~ # /usr/bin/lsusb
Bus 005 Device 005: ID 0457:0151 Silicon Integrated Systems Corp. Super Flash 1GB / GXT 64MB Flash Drive
Bus 005 Device 003: ID 0df6:90ac Sitecom Europe B.V. WL-172
Bus 005 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 002 Device 003: ID 043d:00bb Lexmark International, Inc. 2300 Series
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 004 Device 002: ID 058f:9360 Alcor Micro Corp. 8-in-1 Media Card Reader
Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub

Information 2

linux-ra3e:~ # /usr/sbin/iwconfig
lo no wireless extensions.

eth0 no wireless extensions.sudo /usr/sbin/iwlist scan

wmaster0 no wireless extensions.

wlan0 IEEE 802.11bg ESSID:“WANADOO-2525”
Mode:Managed Frequency:2.412 GHz Access Point: Not-Associated
Tx-Power=9 dBm
Retry min limit:7 RTS thrff Fragment thr=2352 B
Encryption keyff
Power Managementff
Link Quality:0 Signal level:0 Noise level:0
Rx invalid nwid:0 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid frag:0
Tx excessive retries:0 Invalid misc:0 Missed beacon:0

pan0 no wireless extensions.

Information 3

linux-ra3e:~ # sudo /usr/sbin/iwlist scan
lo Interface doesn’t support scanning.

eth0 Interface doesn’t support scanning.

wmaster0 Interface doesn’t support scanning.

wlan0 Scan completed :
Cell 01 - Address: 00:0E:9B:99:22:65
Frequency:2.412 GHz (Channel 1)
Quality=50/100 Signal level:-60 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: Last beacon: 784ms ago

pan0 Interface doesn’t support scanning.

Information 4

linux-ra3e:~ # ping -c 5
connect: Network is unreachable

Information 5

linux-ra3e:~ # dmesg | grep firmware
tda1004x: found firmware revision 0 – invalid
tda1004x: found firmware revision 0 – invalid
tda1004x: waiting for firmware upload…
firmware: requesting dvb-fe-tda10046.fw
firmware: requesting dvb-fe-tda10045.fw
tda1004x: no firmware upload (timeout or file not found?)
tda1004x: firmware upload failed
firmware: requesting rt73.bin

Information 6

linux-ra3e:~ # dmesg | grep rt73
Registered led device: rt73usb-phy0:radio
Registered led device: rt73usb-phy0:assoc
Registered led device: rt73usb-phy0:quality
usbcore: registered new interface driver rt73usb
firmware: requesting rt73.bin

Information 7

When I click on new connection=>wlan0 I can see my Wireless router in the connections window with the following details:

Essid Quality Security
WANADOO-2525 66% Lock icon

After clicking next,entering the 128 bit WEP key, clicking on connect and save etc., my network manager tries to connect (rotating wheel icon) to internet but it fails.

Please let me know if I need to provide any more information.
Have been trying this for five days without success…

Thanks in advance,

Is the WEP key in hex or passphrase ? if the latter,change to the former


Thanks for your reply Andy.
I’ve entered the WEP key in Hex.

I kept trying and in the last one hour I again got the connection twice but only for 10-15 minutes. Do not know why but the internet connection keeps breaking. I 'm not changing the network (or any other) configuration at all, still the wireless connection is behaving differently at different times.
Is it that Suse Linux is not recommended for wireless connections?
Is there any other version of Linux which is likely to give me better stability as far as wireless connectivity is concerned?
Is there no definite/foolproof way in Suse Linux (like setting the configuratin files manully) to ensure that I can get wireless connectivity whenever I want?
I cannot switch to wired connection because of the distance between my router and the desktop.
I read most of the previous wireless posts/stickies and did everything that I could to make my Linux installation usable but I failed.
Do not know if previous versions(10.x) will do any better.

Re-reading your output, you say you are using WEP for encryption, yet i see this

IE: WPA Version 1
Group Cipher : TKIP
Pairwise Ciphers (1) : TKIP
Authentication Suites (1) : PSK

could be you are getting them mixed up ? I suggest you check very carefully on which method of security you are using.A few things to check/do:

1 ) check firewall
2 ) check ipv6 is disabled
3 ) try changing channels,sometimes interference from home appliances ( i.e. microwave,digitalphone )can cause disconnects


I was in the impression that if we use Network Manager(instead of ifup) then ipv6 settings do not matter.
But since I unchecked the ipv6 box (in the network settings), my connection has not broken.
Now, I need to study a little about ipv6.
Thanks a lot for your help.
Feeling a bit relaxed now.

Cool, glad you are sorted,now enjoy :slight_smile:
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