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How to set up wireless from the command line (this assums wlan0 is your wireless card):
* log in as root
* Enable the wireless card
  ifconfig wlan0 up
* Back up your wpa_supplicant config file
  cp /etc/wpa_supplicant.conf /etc/wpa_supplicant.conf.back
* Edit your wpa_supplicatnt.conf to remove all but one 'network' block (or leave a couple if you're going to connect to more than one network)
  vi /etc/wpa_supplicant.conf
* Edit that 'network' block with the appropriate information for your router then save and exit the file
* Connect to your wireless network
  iwconfig wlan0 essid <ssid>
* Authenticate yourself on the network
  wpa_supplicant -Dwext -iwlan0 -c/etc/wpa_supplicant.conf -B
* Check your wireless card
  iwconfig wlan0
* verify that the SSID is <Your Router>
* wait 10 seconds
* Request an IP address from your router 
  dhcpcd wlan0
* Check to see that you have a valid IP address for wlan0
* Log off root
Note: Although this should work, it may require hours of frustration with little explanation of why things are not working. I recently talked my friend through this over the phone and it took about 3 hours all together, and that was after I had already spent a couple of hours setting it up on a different network to make sure it was working.

Latest revision as of 19:05, 9 November 2013

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