Wifi problems, WPA/WEP differences (was: Re: [SHR] from debian to shr ; -))

Paul Fertser fercerpav at gmail.com
Sun Apr 5 09:48:05 CEST 2009

Cameron Frazier <frazier.cameron at gmail.com> writes:
> On Sat, 2009-04-04 at 16:25 +0200, Davide Scaini wrote:
>> ...
>> i use a wep static ip network and a dhcp  wpa one, i have some
>> interfaces files that i switch between. 
>> ...
> I can get a DHCP WEP network to connect fine (work), but at home (DHCP
> WPA) I get nothing.  You mention that you have different interface
> files, coul dyou describe the differences between them. 

I've had successful connections with open, WEP and WPA networks. And i've
seen an AP i couldn't connect at all too. It looks like FR's wifi is
incompatible with some APs, no matter if encryption is used or
not. See http://docs.openmoko.org/trac/ticket//1250 for example.

To sum up: FR's wifi has 2 kinds of known problems: incompatibility
with particular APs and instability of the internal firmware.

Using an old (pre-.28) kernel is not recommended due to stability
issues. Also i think Werner is still going to finish his daemon to
promptly power-cycle the wifi module on internal firmware crash; that
can improve stability somewhat.

I wouldn't hope these compatibility issues will ever be fixed, so my
advice is: trade your AP for the one FR can work with. 

Be free, use free (http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/free-sw.html) software!
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