[sf-lug] Asus eePC not connecting wirelessly to a router

John F. Strazzarino jstrazza at yahoo.com
Thu Apr 22 23:14:19 PDT 2010

A friend has an Asus eePC model 900A; which I believe runs Linux.  He has a Linksys Wrt54GS router.  There is no encryption on the router.  His children can connect wirelessly to his router with no problems (using Windows machines).  My friend's Asus eePC can connect wirelessly to other routers (library and kids homes).
The problem is that my friend cannot connect wireless to his own router!  Wired connection works fine on the Asus.
The Asus can find other routers outside the house, but I could not connect because I did not know the WEP password for the other computers.
I could not get into the Linksys router to reset it (didn't want to do a reset for fear that I would mess up something)
I could not get into a command line to try the ifup command.  I see that when I tried to connect I would see the /sbin/ifdown ath0 command run, but it would seem to hang up on the /sbin/ifup ath0 command.  
As this is a netbook, I couldn't use my collection of CDs like puppy linux to diagnose connection issues.
Any thoughts?

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