Dud wireless internet connection (Brian Wootton)

Brian Norman Wootton Brian.Meg at btinternet.com
Wed Apr 1 16:41:29 UTC 2009

> I don't have a network connection, I don't have Knetworkmanager, I
> > don't have WICD - so I guess I'm a bit stuffed.

Sorry, I wasn't aware of the fact that you have no internet access with 
that machine. So maybe you could modify the 
file /etc/network/interfaces (as root). According to 
<http://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/reference/ch-gateway.en.html> it 
should look like this:

auto wlan0
iface wlan0 inet dhcp
  wireless-essid myessid
  wireless-key 123456789e

Also sorry for the slow reply, I've been away and then faffing around installing

knetw... found the wi-fi card OK(wlan0), I set it up with SSID, WEP IPs and all
seemed right - except that the wireless would not connect. I re-booted the system 
from cold and ... I got a green network icon in the system tray - but, but, but
neither browsers or emails would connect until I de-activated wlan0 then eth0 con-
nected immediately and browsers, etc started working.Looking at wlan0 with KnetDocApp
I see that link quality is wandering about between 2% and 12% which explains why
knetw.... says it's disconnected. I guess I have a duff PCI wi-fi card or it's needs
setting up or a different driver. Knetworkmanager seems to be doing its best.

I tried your above suggestion in ./interfaces - it stopped all networking dead in its
 tracks! This is what I've now got in /etc/network/interfaces, which at least doesn't 
seem to cause any harm:

auto lo
iface lo inet loopback
# suggested mods 1-04-09
#auto wlan0
#iface wlan0 inet
  wireless-essid BTHomeHub-xxxx
  wireless-key xxxxxxxxxx

thanks for your help Nils

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