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

Ken Shaffer kenshaffer80 at gmail.com
Fri Apr 23 08:02:57 PDT 2010

Hi John,
I have seen problems connecting with Linux when the access point (linksys)
was not broadcasting its SSID. Try turning that on first.  If you don't want
to do that, for the first connection from Linux, do it manually, entering in
the essid (I use network-manager, right click the strength icon, then select
Edit connections.  You should now connect, and in the future, see the essid.

On Thu, Apr 22, 2010 at 11:14 PM, John F. Strazzarino <jstrazza at yahoo.com>wrote:

> Details:
> 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?
> John
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