Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 111067
RFE: multiple wireless keys
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:10:34 EST
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Description of problem:
The network configuration tool does not allow me to specify multiple
wireless keys for an interface, i.e. I can not do the following using
the graphical configuration:
# iwconfig eth1 key 0123456789 
# iwconfig eth1 key 1234567890 
# iwconfig eth1 key 2345678901 
# iwconfig eth1 key 3456789012 
# iwconfig eth1 key 
The configuration tool assumes that only one key is needed. While
this is visible as a bug in the config tool a quick glance at the
ifup-wireless script reveals that it is not capable of handling
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
Actual Results: See above
Expected Results: See above
I've been wondering, what is the purpose of having multiple keys when
it seems that only one at a time works, and you need to change the
current active key manually?
I am not 100% positive on the reason, I suspect it has something to do
with a 'stronger' version of WEP. I do know first hand that it is
necessary - there is one network I use which will not let me on if I
do not have all four keys configured. This is the reason I entered a
'bug' in the first place.
Hi Harald, thanks for accepting this case. Do you have a rough idea
when you might have something available for testing/use? This is
almost a showstopper for me since it is the only way I can use
wireless at my company. Any information on an expected release date
you can provide would be helpful.
I have some more information which may be helpful and hopefully will
answer Warren's question posted on 5/11/2004. I have found that when
using WEP keys where the active key is not the first key I need to set
all the keys and then tell iwconfig which key to use. For some reason
just inputting the active key does not work.
Hopefully this explains why?