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WPA working on my R40’s IPW2100… finally.

by on Mar.26, 2005, under Linux, Networking

I’ve spent maybe 10 hours on this now (not all this week, mind you, but still). Getting WPA-PSK w/ TKIP certainly isn’t as easy as it should be, but that is probably entirely due to driver issues. Seems you can’t buy a great 802.11g card for Linux.

I had tried various versions of the Linux IPW2100 drivers, 1.1.0 most recently, and always ended up getting errors saying that the IPW_IOCTL_WPA_SUPPLICANT ioctl was not available. This is a symptom of a driver that doesn’t have the WPA support, but lsmod clearly showed the TKIP and other encryption-related modules loaded. Google suggested using the load and unload scripts provided with the driver, and to check the initrd for an old driver that might be overriding the freshly-compiled one. modinfo confirmed that the new drivers were getting loaded… still no luck. That’s where I was for a long time, retrying every once in awhile to see if anything was happier.

As it turns out, there is a problem in the way the drivers are compiled as modules which can be fixed with this patch (local cache). Keep in mind that the post I’m referencing here is only two weeks old… so, I’m probably not the only one having this issue. I’m somewhat amazed (and very happy) that Google has indexed it that fast.

Now, technically, that was enough to fix my problems. However, I spent the next 45 minutes or so trying to figure out why my connection would reset several seconds after coming up… which turned out to be another instance of wpa_supplicant in the background screwing things up. Tip: run one wpa_supplicant at a time.

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Mostly Moved

by on Mar.24, 2005, under Happenings

The “bedroom stuff” was moved this evening, which means I’ll be spending the night :D. I still have a bunch of books and things at… erh, the parent’s house, but those can move on at a much reduced pace. I can only hope that having this phase of the transition done will allow me to spend the time I need to on my classes, which I’m sorry to say, have been neglected substantially as of late. Don’t rush over to visit just yet… the living room is full of boxes, and I’m not going to worry about the entertainment system until things calm down ;).

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Half Moved

by on Mar.20, 2005, under Happenings

The office has moved! Thank’s to Doug‘s help, all of my office/computer/network stuff has been moved in. We’re up on Kuhn cable, and things are looking good. Not sure when the bedroom stuff will be moved, but probably no later than next weekend. Chris also stopped buy this evening (er, last evening at this point)and dropped off a couch, and helped out with other stuff. Thinks are starting to get wrapped up, which is good news for my classes, which I have definitely been neglecting.

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Working at the House, Part III

by on Mar.13, 2005, under Happenings

Painting is essentially complete. Getting the inside of the exterior doors painted would be a bonus, but isn’t required, I guess. The new flooring has been installed. The toilet innards have been replaced. All of the new light fixtures are up. So, it’s essentially ready to be moved into. The todo list looks like… installing new faucets, tracing and terminating cable to the patch panel, having Kuhn install cable (Friday), and buying the final touches (new blinds, stocking the kitchen, etc). Chances are there will be some type of moving this coming weekend. But, at the moment, I need to try to finish any and all homework I should have been doing over break…

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March 2005


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