Basic Wifi instructions

  • jonathanbrickman0000
Posted: Mon, 09/15/2008 - 02:27
Some wireless networking drivers can get very complicated! But once your hardware is recognized by the system, what then? A web search gives many different results. Happily, vanilla 64studio follows Debian in this extremely simple procedure:
  1. Make sure you have everything needed. I had all of these by default, but you may not if you've had to add a driver, or if this is a desktop with a new wireless NIC. So using either Synaptic or apt-get, make sure you have:
    • wpasupplicant
    • network-manager-gnome
    • network-manager
  2. Next step is to edit /etc/network/interfaces either as root or using sudo. Mine worked fine right off the CD; it looks like this:
  3. # This file describes the network interfaces available on your system # and how to activate them. For more information, see interfaces(5). # The loopback network interface auto lo iface lo inet loopback address 127.0.0.1 netmask 255.0.0.0 Anything else, especially any content having to do with other network interfaces, should be deleted.
  4. Now create a file called /etc/default/wpasupplicant. It should contain exactly one line:
  5. ENABLED=0
  6. And lastly, either as root or with sudo, execute this command:
  7. touch /etc/default/wpasupplicant
  8. All you have to do now, is reboot, and you're in! The networking icon already on the taskbar, will do your wireless connecting and passkey handling etc. You can also, instead of the reboot, execute the following as root or with sudo:
  9. /etc/init.d/dbus restart By far the easiest method I know of!!!!!! Have a great day!