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  • From: Jerry Feldman <gaf@xxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 12 Apr 2006 09:08:24 -0400
  • Message-id: <200604120908.24508.gaf@xxxxxxx>
On Wednesday 12 April 2006 4:56 am, Maura Edeweiss Monville wrote:
> What is a wpa and a wep ? Sorry for my ignorance ...
> I do not run ftp or ssh servers. I do not know if I've answered your
> question.
Let's go back to basics.
Your ifconfig shows you have an ip address.
Check netstat -nr to get a picture of the routing table. Since you appear to
be doing DHCP, your gateway should already be set up for you.

The next thing is to check to see if your name server table has been set up.
Just cat /etc/resolv.conf.

That should be updated when DHCP established the connection.

The next thing to do assuming both of these check out is to ping another
host on the network. Most of the time, the gateway should be able to be

WPA and WEP are encryption techniques. You should find out from the network
admin if the wireless connection is open or encrypted, and if encrypted,
get the encryption method and the keys from the admin.

To set things up, go into YaST/network card, and edit your card.
Automatic setup via DHCP should be selected.
Then go into Host Name and Server
Change Host Name via DHCP and Update Name Servers and Search list via DHCP
should be selected. This will cause the /etc/resolv.conf to be written when
you connect to your DHCP server.

Click on Ok, then click on next. At some point, you should see a screen that
establishes the wireless mode. You want the mode to be managed. You may or
may not want to put an ESSID in. (This depends on your site).
You should also be able to select encryption.

In general, you will not even get an IP address if you are not encrypted and
are trying to connect through an encrypted network.

Jerry Feldman <gaf@xxxxxxx>
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