Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Feisty WEP wifi workaround

The Feisty Fawn (ubuntu 7.04) linux distribution is pretty cool. I like a lot of things about it, except for the wireless support. Feisty appears to come with the madwifi driver built-in, but the software interface is broken. It has been broken for months with no signs of being fixed. New network manager software doesn't function.

Here is my workaround:

First do iwconfig to find out the device name of your wireless card and whether Feisty has a built-in driver for it. Mine is an "ath0". Then I do:

#sudo iwconfig ath0 essid YOUR_ESSID key YOUR_HEX_KEY

# sudo /etc/init.d/networking start

and bam! you should be up and doing wireless.

Here's a more reliable person giving the same advice.

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