[SATLUG] Wireless Driver Installation

Andy Pickens wg5o at sbcglobal.net
Fri Jun 27 11:14:07 CDT 2008


This was a surprise, to me, since SBC gave us the 2wire modem when we 
bought the DSL package.  My wife's Mac G5 connected to it with no 
effort, other than sec selecting the correct net from the offered list.

Andy

FIRESTORM_v1 wrote:
> He's using a 2wire router.  These things are the most ornery things to
> work with.  They have batty IP ranges, oddball DHCP options and are
> generally a pain in the rear.   I don't mean to sound bullish, but the
> 2wire does really hand out bizarre IP ranges like this and by some act
> of the divine, they actually route!
>
>
> FIRESTORM_v1
>
> On Thu, Jun 26, 2008 at 3:35 PM, Andy Pickens <wg5o at sbcglobal.net> wrote:
>   
>> a. Oops.  Did you set the IP addresses manually?  The IP address 127.x.x.x
>> is always localhost the numbers after 127 are meaningless.  Try using
>> 10.x.x.x, 172.16.x.x, or 192.168.x.x instead.
>>
>> No.  I put in DHCP and left IP address, Subnet mask, & Gateway address all
>> blank.
>>
>> b. Are you running your own DNS server at 172.16.0.1?
>> No.  That is the product of my confusion.  I have to find how to ID the DNS,
>> but that won't keep me form receiving, will it?  How do you find DNS?
>>
>> c. Most routers for home systems use a 192.168.1.x/255.255.255.0 address
>> scheme. Your systems need to use the same address scheme as the router.
>>  Usually this is done automatically with dhcp.
>>
>> See above.  But, in XP, if I select Start, Run,cmd, and at the prompt type,
>> "ipconfig," it shows that both ethernet local adapters are disconnected, &
>> says:
>>
>> Ethernet adapter Wireless Network Connection 4:
>>
>>   Connection-specific DNS Suffix:  gateway.2wire.net
>>   IP Address:  172.16.1.34
>>   Subnet Mask:  255.255.0.0
>>   Default Gateway:  172.16.0.1
>>
>> So, somehow, I picked that last one up & used it for DNS.
>>
>> d.  You will need to get away from WEP.  It is not secure.  You need to use
>> WPA, but I recommend disabling encryption completely until you can get a
>> basic connection.  Then we can go back and secure it properly.
>>
>> I seem to have a personal problem with this one.  I dug back and found out
>> how to do it, but the system rejects the password I have recorded.  My, my
>> ...
>>
>> Thanks for all the effort.  I hope you can stay with it till the darn thing
>> works.
>>
>> Andy
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> Bruce Dubbs wrote:
>>     
>>> Andy Pickens wrote:
>>>       
>>>> 1. What router are you using ( manufacurer - model - essid ) ?
>>>>
>>>> Ans.  2wire Home Portal 1000HW, 2wire905 (supplied by SBC, now AT&T).
>>>>
>>>> 2. What Ubuntu 6.06 wifi application program are you using to   configure
>>>> the Encore adapter?
>>>>
>>>> Ans.  I'm using the tools built into Ubuntu 6.06.  I am uncertain about
>>>> some of the items, so here are most of the details:
>>>>
>>>> Interface Properties
>>>> WIRELESS SETTINGS
>>>>   name: 2wire905
>>>>   Enable this connection: (checked)
>>>>   ESSID: 2wire905
>>>>   Key type: Hexadecimal
>>>>   WEP key:  (ten digits - the key assigned to the router)
>>>> CONNECTION SETTINGS
>>>>   Configuration:  DHCP
>>>>   IP address, Subnet mask, & Gateway address - blank
>>>> General
>>>>   Hostname: izzy (the name I gave my computer)
>>>>   Domain name: 127.0.1.1
>>>> DNS Servers: 172.16.0.1
>>>> Search Domains:  ::1 (I don't know how I arrived at that answer)
>>>> Hosts: A list of eight, each w/IP address & alias, including 127.0.1.1,
>>>> izzy.
>>>>         
>>> Oops.  Did you set the IP addresses manually?  The IP address 127.x.x.x is
>>> always localhost the numbers after 127 are meaningless.  Try using 10.x.x.x,
>>> 172.16.x.x, or 192.168.x.x instead.
>>>
>>> Are you running your own DNS server at 172.16.0.1?
>>>
>>> Most routers for home systems use a 192.168.1.x/255.255.255.0 address
>>> scheme. Your systems need to use the same address scheme as the router.
>>>  Usually this is done automatically with dhcp.
>>>
>>> You will need to get away from WEP.  It is not secure.  You need to use
>>> WPA, but I recommend disabling encryption completely until you can get a
>>> basic connection.  Then we can go back and secure it properly.
>>>
>>> I wonder if Ubuntu has an app interfering with the manual configuration we
>>> were doing earlier.   I'm not that familiar with ubuntu, so I'm not sure how
>>> to go about checking for that.  I'd try to turn off networking completely
>>> and get something working manually and then automate from there.
>>>
>>>  -- Bruce
>>>
>>>
>>>       
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