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I hit the same problem on Mandrake LE2005. In control center -> network & internet -> reconfigure a network interface, I already have essid and encryption key set. When I ...
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    I hit the same problem on Mandrake LE2005.
    In control center -> network & internet -> reconfigure a network interface, I already have essid and encryption key set. When I type /sbin/iwconfig, it says "Encryption key:off". I also found that "Channel=0", which should be 6. How can I set it?
    When I type "ifdown eth1" and then "ifup eth1", I got
    Error for wireless request "Set Encode" (8B2A) :
    invalid argument "xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <---- which is the encryption key
    Could someone shield some light on this?
    Actually I can get it work in Fedora Core 3, but not in Mandrake.

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    Encryption working

    Hi,

    I had the same problem.
    First I set up the wireless interface with the GUI tool drakconf with no encryption to test it first.

    Found this site https://www.wireless.org.au/~jhecker/wepgen/index.php
    So I created a script to create a wep key
    ---------------
    #!/bin/sh

    # 40 bits count=5
    # 64 bits count=8
    # 104 bits count=13
    # 128 bits count=16
    # 152 bits count=19
    # 232 bits count=29
    # 256 bits count=32

    dd if=/dev/random bs=1 count=16 2>/dev/null |xxd -ps
    dd if=/dev/random bs=1 count=16 2>/dev/null |xxd -ps
    dd if=/dev/random bs=1 count=16 2>/dev/null |xxd -ps
    dd if=/dev/random bs=1 count=16 2>/dev/null |xxd -ps
    ---------------------

    Ran the script and got something like:
    7747f595d5d2e8b47cc900e09ccc85ee
    511681b0227bf5c93a9978cfc880b814
    8378a31134cf185e14ccd0ce4e262467
    4b84160eb62dbb8e5fb48a68ad239720

    Edited in my case /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth2 and added the nicest looking one
    WIRELESS_ENC_KEY=7747f595d5d2e8b47cc900e09ccc85ee

    Set the same key on the wireless router
    Network Authentication -> Shared Key
    Encryption Type -> WEP 128-bit
    WEP Key 1 -> 7747f595d5d2e8b47cc900e09ccc85ee

    It works!!!

    Be sure to only allow your MAC address/s on your router to enhance security

    Cheers

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