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WPA in Xubuntu 6.06

Finally got this to work, following these instructions.

One thing I had to do, and that I hadn’t seen elsewhere, was creating a file /etc/default/wpasupplicant and adding the line: ENABLED=0

A few problems remain

I still have to start nm-applet manually:

nm-applet &

even after I log out and log back in again.

After I enter the key (WEP or WPA), a terminal window shows:

** (nm-applet:6817): WARNING **: Error saving passphrase in keyring.  Ret=2

So now I did:

sudo aptitude install gnome-keyring-manager

Will see wether that helps.

Update

I gave up (didn’t spend much time on) trying to get the gnome keyring to work in XFCE. Without it, network manager was a pain, because I kept having to re-enter the WPA or WEP key by hand. Turns out not just at reboot, but it disconnected every half hour or so and asked for the key. So I got rid of network manager again and got this to work using WPA Supplicant and Wifi-Radar:

Using Wifi-Radar and WPA Supplicant

Installed Wifi Radar and WPA Supplicant. Wifi-Radar is handy anyway for switching between wireless networks. Create a file /etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf

I kept it really minimal, like this:

# WPA-PSK/TKIP
ctrl_interface=/var/run/wpa_supplicant
network={
ssid="my_ssid"
psk="my_ascii_key"
}

Then, in Wifi-Radar, for that network, under “Use WPA”, I added the following line as driver:

wpa_supplicant -Dmadwifi -c /etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf -iath0

Then just hit “connect” in Wifi-Radar.

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