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[SOLVED] Arch Linux Wireless Configuration
I've recently installed the latest release of Archlinux. Setup is fine, but i'm having trouble setting up the wireless connection. Let me just start by saying I can get the wireless working without any security at all, so I know it's working fine. When I installed Arch I selected the base packages and the base-devil? base-daemon? packages, and made sure that every package relating to the internet or wireless was selected and installed.
ASUS Pro50n series Notebook
Wireless Security: WPA-PSK
I have read the beginners guide wiki, and from that I have read the wireless setup wiki, which lead me onto the wpa_supplicant configuration for WPA-PSK security.
In my /etc/wpa_supplicant.conf file I have the following:
I then type the command:
ifconfig wlan0 up
iwconfig wlan0 essid PWNT
It's as if its not taking any notice of the /etc/wpa_supplicant.conf file at all.
I know the wireless card is all being picked up correctly because 1.I've had it connected when I turn the routers wireless security off and 2. if I type ifconfig wlan0 it shows all the information on it up. I can also scan for the access points by doing iwlist wlan0 scan and it shows all the access points available including mine "PWNT".
Can anoyne help? is there something I need to do to make it read the wpa_supplicant.conf file?.
Once you have your wpa_supplicant.conf file setup, you would associate the wireless device with your network, as you did. And then run (as root)
wpa_supplicant -B -Dwext -i wlan0 -c /etc/wpa_supplicant.conf dhcpcd wlan0
For that, you would create a network profile in/etc/network.d/
The contents of that file, say it's called home, would look something like.
CONNECTION="wireless" ESSID="my network" INTERFACE="wlan0" SCAN="yes" IP="dhcp" TIMEOUT="10" SECURITY="wpa" KEY="passphrase"
So this would be /etc/network.d/home
You would then do (as root)
Network Profiles - ArchWiki
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Just used the netcfg option that you gave me reed9, worked perfectly. Can't believe its taken so long to try and get wpa_supplicant working, and then with Netcfg its taken literally 2 seconds. In the netword.d/examples it even gives you examples for every type of security all you have to do is copy it to the network.d folder and then type netcfg name-of-config-file like you said reed and it woked instantly.
I don't understand why the beginners guide wiki doesn't tell you to do it that way.
All I need to do now is make it auto connect on startup, which i've seen somewhere in the wiki.
Thanks for your help everyone
01-20-2010 #5All I need to do now is make it auto connect on startup, which i've seen somewhere in the wiki.
In brief, edit /etc/rc.conf.
Near the bottom, uncomment NETWORKS and add the name of the profile, then add net-profiles to your daemons array. (You will probably also want to remove the regular network daemon.)
I should note that I actually have not been able to get net-profiles to connect properly to my network at boot. Not sure what the problem is. I don't reboot that often, so I haven't looked into it. But in case you run into trouble...
Also, there's a handy tool call wifi-select in the AUR, which will automagically create a network profile for you.
AUR (en) - wifi-select
To use you run it as root like so