wifi wEirdneSs hardy heron on everex cloudbook

Karl F. Larsen klarsen1 at gmail.com
Tue Jun 2 21:25:03 UTC 2009

Tony Baldwin wrote:
> I just got an Everex Cloudbook from ebay, and am having some wifi 
> issues.  The machine has an oem configured hardy heron on it.
> I mentioned upgrading to jaunty, but the seller recommended against it, 
> since the installed software was oem configured for the hardware.
> Now, first of all, the wifi connected out of the box with the gnome net 
> applet thingy, but I removed nearly all traces of gnome and installed 
> ion3 and dwm.
    So you decided not to load Jaunty but you ruined your Hardy which 
was working just fine :-)

> So, I am using cli tools to connect, or, in a pinch, wifi-radar.
> I use
> sudo iwlist wlan0 scan
> to get a list of available networks
> sudo iwconfig wlan0 essid <essidname>
> to connect, then
> sudo dhclient wlan0
> to get an ip from the router.
> I can connect, sometimes, but behavior is very weird with this thing.
    Really not surprising...

> If I try to sshfs my /home from my main box and move some files, 
> everything stops, and the connection seems to fall, but, ifconfig and 
> iwconfig will still indicate that I am connected (shows an ip, etc.), 
> yet can't ping anything or get a web page with lynx or FF, connect to 
> imap.gmail with mutt, etc.
> I moved some music files this morning via sshfs to my home box, without 
> issue, but now, everytime I try to move some more, the connection clogs up.
> Also, I took it out for a field test, and connected in a local cafe.
> There I could use Firefox to access the web, but I could not access 
> anything via ftp, ssh, sshfs, or even irc with irssi (all of which I 
> could do here, earlier).
> And mutt couldn't reach imap.gmail.com, even though I could read the 
> gmail online with FF.  Very odd.
> Also, if I try to use wifi-radar, it will connect to an access point, 
> but won't get an IP using dhcp.
> I have to go back to command line and
> sudo dhclient wlan0 to get an ip and have a working connection.
> Could the cafe be blocking some services in their router?
> I don't know...I'm not exactly an expert with this.
> Nonetheless, I have a laptop running jaunty (also w/o gnome and with 
> ion3 and dwm).  I can connect with that one with wifi-radar (and it does 
> dhcp without my assistance at cli), without issue, or via command line. 
>   No strange behaviors.  I can mount my home box with sshfs and move 
> files around until the cows come home, ftp files to my web server, irc 
> with irssi, chat with bitlbee, etc. ad infinitum.  All good.
> Is this an issue with Hardy?  An issue with the hardware?
> A id10t bug (between chair and keyboard)?
> I mostly want to be able to check e-mails while out, efficiently, ie, 
> preferrably with mutt, not firefox or a gui mail client, without lugging 
> my thinkpad around all the time (no, my phone has no internet, only 
> makes phone calls, and I like it that way...for one thing, I spend about 
> $15/mo on my prepaid plan, whereas a plan with internet would cost 
> $100/mo.  I paid a whole whopping $100 for the cloudbook, so it seems a 
> good deal, if I can make it work).
> One nice thing, it does function as a clunky mp3 (or ogg) player with 
> moc, at least...
> I'm just confused, because, as far as wifi connecting goes, it seems 
> fickle and behaves oddly, as I see it.
> thanks
> tony
    You might try to install wicd that is a superior wifi device. Put 
wicd in Google and read the wiki about getting it working.

73 Karl

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