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Re: [opensuse] permanently leased wireless DHCP IP address not always assigned/in range
  • From: "Dennis E. Slice" <dslice@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 23 Jan 2007 13:12:36 -0500
  • Message-id: <45B65014.8050503@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
I thought it could be a different wifi network as I was writing my
initial message.

After a bit of checking, it seems that may be the problem. "iwconfig
eth1" flip flops between two ESSID networks with different "Access
Point" addresses (though I have "Serve as Access Point" disabled on
mine) and two different signal levels.

I wouldn't have thought the seniors around me would be so technically
sophisticated, but I do recall one of my neighbors a few yards away is a
retired corporate programmer.

So, what to do? I don't see anything obvious in the Yast2 setup to tell
the network card to look only for a specific ESSID or MAC address or

I only allow connections by specific MAC addresses on my network. Maybe
I should turn off my network and use his to do something naughty. ;->


Kai Ponte wrote:
> On Tuesday 23 January 2007 05:20, Dennis E. Slice wrote:
>> Here's an annoying problem that I can usually address by fiddling and a
>> random number of reboots, but maybe someone here has a real answer. I
>> have searched the archives, but didn't recognized the problem in any of
>> the listings.
>> SUSE 10.0
>> Notebook: IBM T41 with IBM wireless and wired nics
>> Desktops:
>> Dell GX240 with ethernet hard card (SUSE 10.0)
>> older Dell Dimension (Windows 2000)
>> Networked printer: Lexmark
>> Hub: Belkin 802.11b wireless
>> Problem: I need to ping, NFS, Samba, ssh, sftp, etc. all the various
>> systems on the network and access the internets.
>> I have set up the Belkin box for DHCP with "Forever" IP leasing.
>> This works for the hard-wired cards - systems always get the same IP
>> address, and often for the wireless. But frequently, the notebook
>> wireless card gets assigned an IP outside of the specified range.
> <snip>
> Is it getting assigned a number on your network or could it be picking up
> another wifi network?
> I used to have this happen with regularity, before I setup 10.1 with kwallet
> handling the WPA key.
> On a very rare occasion, my laptop will still get assigned a number not leased
> previously I simply reboot the laptop and the router. I had
> found rebooting the laptop didn't do it. Also, for some reason, I needed to
> have the Wintendo computer ( up first. My other SUSE desktop
> ( usually is okay.
> Soon, the Win2K computer will be put to pasture and be replaced with a new
> linux machine.

Dennis E. Slice
Department of Anthropology
University of Vienna
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