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Wireless, Linux and encryption, oh my!

Ok, a bit of backstory for you:

So, that’s most of the backstory. I’ve managed to get encrypted wireless access in the comfort of my own home (although my neighbours, it would seem, are rather less conscientious. All is well.

And then I boot into Linux.

I will admit it – I can be horribly na├»ve at times. I have this habit of forgetting how incredibly frustrating it can be to use Linux from time to time. This turns out to be one of those times. The main reason for this, however, is not actually the fault of the guys developing the various Linux distributions, but the fault of the people who make and sell wireless cards. These people, in a wonderful attack of benevolence, have produced drivers which work with the myriad versions of Windows.

“What’s that you say? You want drivers which work with Linux? Which version of Windows is that?”

So, no drivers. This is a pain. There are some people, however, who have produced a rather useful application which wraps around Windows drivers and allows them to be used under Linux. It isn’t an ideal solution, but it’s much better than nothing.

Unfortunately, however, I want to use WPA as well. This requires the installation of another piece of software called wpa_supplicant. I need to set up the configuration file, compile it, install it, and hope it works.

Which it doesn’t. This is all with Fedora failing to boot up half the time.

After many hours of frustration, I decide to forget the whole affair and go back to using Windows. I’ve decided I really like wires.

One Response to “Wireless, Linux and encryption, oh my!”

    •  Gravatar for Ben
    • From Ben
    • Friday 24 September 2004 at 17:23

    Oh dear. Much sympathy. Even on Windows, my wireless experience is far from rosy.

    I’m having panics at the moment that the introduction of my new Wi-Fi card and USB2 controller may have pushed the aged hardware configuration over the edge. iPod so near, but yet so far.

    Oh, and this comment was written from my mobile phone, how cool is that?!