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

james morris james at jwm-art.net
Sat Dec 5 11:46:51 UTC 2009

I think some of you might have missed the email I sent around 3am. I have
the card and router working with wpa now.

I did the fwcutter for the broadcom wireless card in the laptop some time
ago, because without it, the card spat out errors into whatever
terminal/console I happened to be working in and was driving me mad.

Check the link I also posted:


Tells you how to setup wpa connection from the commandline - generating
the passphrase and putting it in a file (as md5 or similar) so you
don't have to type it. Of course I don't expect my girlfriend (or me
in fact) to connect via the commandline so I used the network-config
software which I'd installed as a first (failed) step to get wireless.

using ndiswrapper does not work for me, and the wpa page at icydog says
the kernel's wext is pretty good and that did work.

so network-config is not automatic. you dig around through 5 debian
submenus, start it up and a gksu box asks for admin password, then all I
have to do is click apply (of my settings) and it connects using
wpa_supplicant and dhclient - it works!


On 5/12/2009, "Mike Evans" <mike at tandem.f9.co.uk> wrote:

>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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