getting started with wlan

Richy klemmster at
Sun Mar 21 10:12:04 CET 2010

What works best for me is the following:

edit /etc/network/interfaces

iface eth0 inet manual
        wpa-roam /etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf
        down wpa_action eth0 down

iface homeNet inet dhcp

/etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf looks like this:



Once I turn on wifi in SHR-Settings-Connectivity it automatically
connects. Works very well.

On Sun, Mar 21, 2010 at 04:21, Kai-Martin <kmk at> wrote:
> On 03/21/2010 03:00:52 AM, William Kenworthy wrote:
>> Just a point ... why modules?
> Because the manual suggested to load the modules in the same section
> as the image of the kernel and of the image of the root file system.
>> you only need the module step if you are changing from the
>> matching kernel so need to change them.
> I'll add an explaining comment to the wiki manual.
>> Sorry cant help with wifi - I find that mokoconnect and similar gui's
>> are too flaky - manual is more reliable.
> Ok, why not.
> I am only half fluent with the necessesary commands. On my
> laptop I used to call  wpa_supplicant with some fancy config file.
> The wlan device to talk to seems to be eth0, right?
> Most of the time when I check with ifconfig, there is no decice eth0.
> Presumably this is, because the wlan chip is xswitched off.
> How do I manually switch the wlan chip on and off?
> How do I make sure, die wlan device is not shut off again by some
> power saving application?
> I just found the wiki page on wlan connectivity:
> However, the commands there assume a working eth0 device.
> So I have to deal with that first.
> ---<(kaimartin)>---
> PS: The search utility in the wiki seems to be broken. The term
> "Wifi" could not be not be found, even though there is a page
> called like that.
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