Bug 102344 - Cannot connect to Airport Extreme if it is in 802.11b/g compatibility mode
Cannot connect to Airport Extreme if it is in 802.11b/g compatibility mode
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: kernel (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Arjan van de Ven
Brian Brock
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Reported: 2003-08-14 00:04 EDT by Tom Ball
Modified: 2007-04-18 12:56 EDT (History)
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Description Tom Ball 2003-08-14 00:04:26 EDT
Description of problem:

I cannot connect to an Apple Airport Extreme (newest) wireless hub with RH9.  If
I boot in WinXP, it connects without issue.  The hub also talks to Win98 and
OS/X machines here.  When I changed the default protocol the hub uses from
802.11b/g compatibility mode to just 802.11b, I am able to connect from RH9.

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How reproducible:

Configure Airport Extreme hub to use 802.11b/g mode (its default), then try to
connect using "ifup eth0".

Steps to Reproduce:
1.  Configure Airport Extreme hub using Apple's Airport Utility
2.  Set protocol to 802.11b/g
3.  Save, which causes the hub to reset with the new setting.
Actual results:

No connection to wireless hub.

Expected results:

A working connection.

Additional info:

The 802.11b/g compatibility mode is only available with the Airport Extreme, not
earlier Airport hubs.  I am guessing here, but this problem may be present with
other 802.11g hubs as well.
Comment 1 Bill Nottingham 2003-08-14 00:14:33 EDT
Red Hat Linux doesn't really speak 802.11g yet.
Comment 2 Bill Nottingham 2003-08-14 00:15:36 EDT
Your best bet to get this fixed is to get the upstream kernel drivers fixed so
that this works; I don't think we'll do much work specifically in this area.
Comment 3 Tom Ball 2003-08-14 01:36:31 EDT
I wasn't interested in 802.11g support, as my Linux system has an Orinoco
802.11b.    This fairly vanilla card was able to connect with WinXP to the
Airport Extreme in 802.11g/b mode, which is supposed to be backwards-compatible
with 802.11b.  It isn't using the current wireless support in RH9, but is in
WinXP, Win98, and OS/X.

Should I report this to the wireless-tools package owners?

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