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Old 2nd May 2008, 04:05 AM
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Unhappy NetworkManager Applet 0.7.0

I appreciate any help I can get. I have been trying for about the last week to get NM to connect to a wpa encoded network. It is getting to the point where I am about to revert back to XP %!%#. When I was running wep I had no problem connecting to my router. The problem I have now is that NM does not have a drop down menu for wpa. I have tried installing and running wpa_supplicant with neg results. HELP...
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Old 2nd May 2008, 05:40 AM
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Of course it does.
left-click the NM icon. Select "Connect to other wireless network"
In the popup you should see 7 secutiy options in the pulldown menu.

The bottom two are:
WPA & WPA2 Personal
WPA & WPA2 Enterprise
You probably want the personal.
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Old 2nd May 2008, 07:16 AM
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Thanks for the reply. This is what is making it so frustrating for me. Those selections are supposed to be there, but they are not. The only selection are "connect to other wireless network" and "create new wireless network". When you select ether of those, there is a wireless drop down menu, but all selections there are for WEP. It's driving me nuts...
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Old 2nd May 2008, 02:19 PM
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Could it be that it doesn't recognize your devices? Open a terminal window and type:


and post your Network Devices
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Old 5th May 2008, 07:18 AM
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Not at all likely Iron_Mike. If the applet comes up you have an interface.

Dave .. What does "nm-tool" report in the "Wireless Settings" section ?

I'm seeing ...
Wireless Settings
WEP Encryption: yes
WPA Encryption: yes
WPA2 Encryption: yes
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Old 6th May 2008, 02:47 AM
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Steve.. the only setting I see in the wireless settings is:

WEP Encryption: yes

That's it... At this point I am wondering if I shouldn't just wait and upgrade to Fedora 9 Sulphur.

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Old 26th May 2008, 07:18 PM
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Well... I have upgraded to 9 and am still having the same problem. NO WPA!!!!!! What is particularly irritating is that I can configure a NEW wireless connection for WPA with my key pass, but when I go to connect to my wireless network, network manager asks for a pass code, but only gives me a security choice of WEP NO WPA. If I do a right click on NM and go to edit connections, it adds it's own configuration of my network. If I try to change that configuration to WPA, NM ignores that configuration and puts another of it's own WEP configurations in. This is driving me crazy and I may end up abandoning Linux altogether. If any of you have any ideas on how to correct this, I am all ears...

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Old 26th May 2008, 07:42 PM
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I haven't connected to WPA with my machine but I do recall the NM wasn't really doing it's job until I checked off the "Controlled by NetworkManager" option in the options for the device in the "Network Configuration" menu. Once this option was checked off for each the wireless and the wired devices I was able to connect/disconnect from the different networks. If it acutally is a problem with WPA and F9 then I wait a bit...the problem will surely surface with someone else too.
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Old 27th May 2008, 01:37 AM
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If your device supports the wireless extensions (WEXT) then it should work with NM, it probably doesn't support WEXT.
NM uses wpa supplicant for WPA , upgrading to F9 wont fix the problem.
What device are you using (as asked by Iron Mike)?
Also there is a workaround for devices that don't support WEXT.
Try to get it working using wpa supplicant alone if it works then you can attempt the workaround.
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