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    Setting up wireless on Eee-PC

    Hi,

    I'm trying to setup an out-of-the-box Eee-PC (4GB Linux) to work with a WPA-PSK TKIP wireless network.

    I can see the network I want to connect to.

    I can try and connect to it but it fails.

    What do I need to do to get this working?

    My windows machines are fine - and a Ubuntu laptop is also connecting fine.

    Any help would be really appreciated.

    Thanks

    Chris

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    Do you get to the stage of putting in the encryption key in?

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    I can choose either WEP or WPA from a dropdown.

    I put in the key and then nothing.

    The key I put in, in Windows, is required to be put in twice.
    And it's the same in Ubuntu.

    With Eee-PC it's only once.
    I have a feeling the choice of encryption I am choosing is limited. As though by default, an out-of-the-box Eee-Pc linux machine doesn't support WPA-PSK TKIP.

    Am I right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mooreeasyvibe View Post
    I have a feeling the choice of encryption I am choosing is limited. As though by default, an out-of-the-box Eee-Pc linux machine doesn't support WPA-PSK TKIP.

    Am I right?
    I'm pretty sure that our eees (with default Xandros) connected to WPA-PSK TKIP, no problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mooreeasyvibe View Post
    I'm trying to setup an out-of-the-box Eee-PC (4GB Linux) to work with a WPA-PSK TKIP wireless network.
    They work fine on WPA-PSK TKIP (and AES). I had some problems getting it to work properly though.

    • Making sure the key was entered correctly. You only get asked once so typos are not spotted easily. You have to wait until you authenticate or not.
    • It seems to take a long time to authenticate you on to the network. This means I thought the wireless was not working when actually I was being too impatient.
    • I did seem to have to set the key up twice. It worked once until I restarted the machine and then it seemed to forget. However this may have just been the problem just mentioned.

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    I never have much joy with wifi in linux, especially on my home network.

    I don't have an eee pc and don't have xandros. But on ubuntu/fedora at home I always have to compile and install a recent build of madwifi (madwifi.org - Trac).

    Don't know if that's worth looking at.

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    Am I going mad or can these things not handle WPA2? Tried allsorts to get it working, same problem as above really...


    ....forget that - its done now. It really did take a bloody long time to connect!
    Last edited by Ben_Stanton; 17th June 2008 at 11:28 AM.

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    Does anyone know WHY the eee takes nearly an hour to negotiate a DHCP address for it'self? I too have just spent a frustrating 2 days getting it to work...

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    I here you! We just got some in and it takes ages to connect.

    I might try installing WiCD on my R&D one.. but will the link still work in easy mode.

    Any one know anything about this?

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    There seems to be loads of people on the Asus forums struggling to get these to connect to their wireless networks (even home systems). Some seem to work randomly and others not at all.

    EeeUser ASUS Eee PC Forum / wifi "PENDING" issue after updating ASUS Operating System

    Surely the whole point is it's wireless capabilities and it doesn't work well, if at all trying to connect to WPA protected networks then why release it.

    I have been messing with one of the 4gb linux models on a Cisco wireless network and will NOT connect using WPA / 802.1x using PEAP or even WPA-PSK. The only way I can get it to work is to use an open broadcasting SSID or use a broadcasting SSID with a 26 character WEP key. Even then it wont connect at bootup and requires the student the manually connect each time..

    Might just try and put XP on it and see if its works any better.

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    I actually managed to get arround this. I had completely forgotten about this thread.

    I had to plug it in to a clean network (no proxy settings etc, so my home network) and run the updates. After i'd done this it worked fine.

    Can i also suggest looking at Ubuntu-EEE. This is what i have put on all of our EEE PC's and its brilliant!

    Cheers

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    I have XP installed on the SSD, and Ubunutu installed on SD-Card, both work perfectly including compiz on ubunutu with the cube!

    brilliant stuff!

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    We had been running the Xandros OS with the default network manager and it connected most of the time (to WPA network), but ocassionally wouldn't start the connection automatically at boot. Swapping the OS for eeexubuntu and the network manager for wicd seems to have done the trick.

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