[Klug-general] bt home hub2 - wireless connection problems

Mike Evans mike at tandem.f9.co.uk
Sat Dec 5 11:30:52 UTC 2009

I also use WEP128 at home - mostly out of cowardice.

When I first set up the wireless network I had to use ndiswrapper and 
the fwcutter to get the appropriate firmware to send to the card. 
However those nice Ubuntu people now do that for me so the correct 
version of the driver with compatible firmware embedded is available as 
'non-free' firmware from their repository and this is detected and 
installed automatically.  (Provided I have a wired connection when I do 
an initial install of course!)

Use of WPA requires, as Colin menntioned, WPA2 compatibility on your 
card if your router uses WPA2.  It also requires a module called WPA 
Supplicant.  You may have to install that separately.  I think its job 
is to sit in the background and handle the continuously changing 
encryption keys that WPA uses.  If you are using Network Manager I think 
you get it all included but I'm not sure - like I say I've not plucked 
up the courage to give it a go.


james morris wrote:
> On 5/12/2009, "George Prowse" <george.prowse at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On 05/12/2009 00:43, james morris wrote:
>>> timed out
>> It's not connecting. change the channel and try again, or switch the
>> router to easy pairing
> I logged into the router and it mentioned changing channel for connection
> problems, but also try switching to wep instead of wpa. Changing channel
> did not work, but switching to wep did.
> A quick google told me wep is much less secure than wpa so I used 128bits.
> Anyone shed some light on the problems (i had) with connecting using wpa?
> Cheers,
> james.
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