Bug 503823 - Joining hidden SSID network using wpa_supplicant/NetworkManager requires module load options for iwlagn adapter
Joining hidden SSID network using wpa_supplicant/NetworkManager requires modu...
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: kernel (Show other bugs)
x86_64 Linux
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Reported: 2009-06-02 17:20 EDT by thomas.swan
Modified: 2010-06-28 08:47 EDT (History)
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Description thomas.swan 2009-06-02 17:20:46 EDT
Description of problem:
Could not join hidden SSID networks with the intel wireless 4965agn adapter. 

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Using kernel- with latest updates on Fedora 11 RC as of 2 June 2009.
Installed on Dell Vostro 1510 laptop with IWL4965AGN wireless adapter.

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Configure wpa_supplicant.conf to use a hidden SSID network
2. restart wpa_supplicant
3. wait
4. give up
Actual results:
Unable to join hidden SSID networks.

Expected results:
Should be able to join hidden SSID networks.

Additional info:
I was able to get wpa_supplicant to work correctly using a work-around.

1. add install iwlagn /sbin/modprobe --ignore-install iwlagn amsdu_size_8K=1 to
2. stop NetworkManager or (network and wpa_supplicant services)
3. rmmod iwlagn
4. modprobe -a iwlagn
5. start NetworkManager or (network and wpa_supplicant services)
6. search for and join hidden SSID networks
Comment 1 Slavi Pantaleev 2009-06-20 17:06:43 EDT
I can confirm this on a different notebook (HP 8710p) with the same wireless card.

It only fails to connect to hidden networks - you use the gnome applets to start connecting and it stays in "connecting mode" forever.

If I make the network broadcast itself to the world, it connects successfully and runs great.
Comment 2 Nuno Anjos 2009-07-25 06:34:07 EDT
I can also Confirm, after today updates, lenovo thinkpad R61, intel 4965, iwlagn.

It only fails to connect to hidden networks, now it does nothing, doesn't even search when i connect to hidden network.

If I make the network broadcast itself to the world, it connects successfully
and runs great. 

In home i can fix it, but in work i cant connect, and have to use cable.
Comment 3 Nuno Anjos 2009-07-29 07:04:34 EDT
Note i Have  Fedora x86_64 =

I managed to grab the hidden wireless by BSSID, the mac address of the wireless device.

i hope it holds, NetworkManager should have a scan button...even for hidden networks like iwlist.
Comment 4 Dan Williams 2009-11-29 17:12:41 EST
Is this still an issue with latest kernels that are available as Fedora 11 updates?  This issue is more a driver problem than a supplicant problem.  If it's still present with and later, please make sure you check the "I'm providing the requested information button" so that the bug is no longer in NEEDINFO state.
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Comment 6 thomas.swan 2010-04-27 23:53:46 EDT
I can confirm that it has been fixed during the Fedora 12 cycle.  I cannot pinpoint exactly when the situation changed, but it is fixed for me.
Comment 7 Bug Zapper 2010-06-28 08:47:39 EDT
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