Bug 133174 - Wireless Config not working with WEP
Wireless Config not working with WEP
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: kernel (Show other bugs)
i686 Linux
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Assigned To: Arjan van de Ven
Brian Brock
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Reported: 2004-09-21 23:09 EDT by Jon Savage
Modified: 2007-11-30 17:10 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2004-10-03 13:26:01 EDT
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Description Jon Savage 2004-09-21 23:09:07 EDT
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Description of problem:
My wireless NIC (linksys wpc11 v.3) will only work with wep disabled
on the WAP. The card worked fine with WEP enabled in both FC2 & FC3 T1.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1.Attempt to configure wireless NIC using system-config-network
2.add WEP key in hex e.g. 0x123456789
3.Save config & attempt to activate the connection

Actual Results:  Attempted to activate the connection with WEP
enabled, the application was unresponsive and had to be killed after
several minutes.

Expected Results:  The connection should have become active witin a
few seconds, gotten IP from DHCP etc

Additional info:

Fresh install of FC3 T2 on a compaq armada M700,
selinix is turned on in default (targeted?) mode.
Comment 1 Jon Savage 2004-09-22 00:51:38 EDT
applied all applicable updates as of 20:30 09/21/04 but the problem
Comment 2 Harald Hoyer 2004-09-22 04:29:12 EDT
which module is the wireless driver?
can you try to configure it by hand?
First start it without a WEP key, then set the WEP key manually by:

# iwconfig <interface> key 0x123456789
# iwconfig <interface> key restricted
Comment 3 Jon Savage 2004-09-23 00:01:02 EDT
The module is likely orinco_cs (I don't know the correct cmd to see
which one applies, OK I'm dumb).
Output of iw config w/ WEP off & link working returns:
[jsavage@sw-lt01 ~]$ /sbin/iwconfig
lo        no wireless extensions.

eth0      no wireless extensions.

sit0      no wireless extensions.

eth1      IEEE 802.11-DS  ESSID:"foo_ws"  Nickname:"sw-lt01"
          Mode:Managed  Frequency:2.412GHz  Access Point:
          Bit Rate=11Mb/s   Tx-Power=15 dBm   Sensitivity:1/3
          Retry min limit:8   RTS thr:off   Fragment thr:off
          Power Management:off
          Link Quality=26/92  Signal level=-83 dBm  Noise level=-140 dBm
          Rx invalid nwid:0  Rx invalid crypt:0  Rx invalid frag:0
          Tx excessive retries:203  Invalid misc:0   Missed beacon:0

running 'iw config eth1 key 0x123456' as root gives me:
[root@sw-lt01 ~]# iwconfig eth1 key 0x123456
Error for wireless request "Set Encode" (8B2A) :
invalid argument "0x123456".

So either I'm messing up <or> something else is...


Comment 4 Harald Hoyer 2004-09-23 04:30:22 EDT
Ok... sorry!

# man iwconfig
To set the current encryption key, just enter  the  key  in  hex
              digits  as  XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX or XXXXXXXX. 

# iwconfig <interface> key 123456789
Comment 5 Jon Savage 2004-09-23 09:13:47 EDT
Thanks but I'd already tried that with the same result, 
Error for wireless request "Set Encode" (8B2A) :
SET failed on device eth1 ; Invalid argument.
Comment 6 Harald Hoyer 2004-09-23 09:27:21 EDT
this is definetly a kernel driver bug/missing feature.
One last thing: does the interface have an IP address?
# ifconfig eth1
Comment 7 Jon Savage 2004-09-23 09:35:40 EDT
eth1      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr xx:xx:xx:0D:28:FC
          inet addr:  Bcast:         
          inet6 addr: fe80::20f:66ff:fe0d:28fc/64 Scope:Link
          RX packets:1154 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:1215 errors:6 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
          RX bytes:863797 (843.5 KiB)  TX bytes:288826 (282.0 KiB)
          Interrupt:3 Base address:0x180
Comment 8 Jon Savage 2004-09-23 10:04:36 EDT
Oh- In case I was unclear the card *does* function properly as long as
WEP is not enabled.
Comment 9 Harald Hoyer 2004-09-23 10:52:03 EDT
yes, but this is a kernel driver issue:

Error for wireless request "Set Encode" (8B2A) :
SET failed on device eth1 ; Invalid argument.

Comment 10 Jon Savage 2004-10-03 13:26:01 EDT
It is working with all available updates applied so marking closed.

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