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[ale] Wifi problem with Linux



I'm a bit of a newbie on wireless, so I didn't know about kismet or 
iwlist.  There are a few wireless apps that I tried running but they 
didn't tell me much.  In fact, one of them told me the sig strength was 
100/100 and the other told me it was 0/100.  That didn't make a lot of 
sense. 

Thanks for the tip, I'll load up the new utilities and try them.

Jim.
Geoffrey wrote:

>Jim Lynch wrote:
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>>I just got back from a long trip around the country and had my laptop 
>>with a wireless card along to keep up with email.  In a few cases I was 
>>never able to get connected at hotels that advertised access.  I wasn't 
>>able to run Windows 'cause I screwed up the networking settings by 
>>installing an Earthlink POS that appears to have trashed something and 
>>now my wireless card isn't recognized by windows any longer but that's 
>>another story.
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>>The question is, "Is there something that would prevent me from getting 
>>a connection on Linux?"
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>Not that I can see.  Most of the hotels I've stayed at provided a code 
>that you had to input on a paticular web site.  The website came up when 
>you started your browser the first time.
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>Did you attempt to sniff via kismet or such?
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>>Also there is a wireless hot spot at a marina in St Simons that others 
>>use all the time, I can't get a signal from either.
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>No signal?  That wierd.  If someone else was getting the signal you 
>should too.  It could be that they were not advertising the ssid.  If 
>you were using some scanning via kismet or iwlist I would think you'd 
>still see the signal, just not the ssid.
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>>This is a 802.11g  card.  It's a Linksys card that I'm running using the 
>>ndis software and the Win. driver with.  I'm assuming it will downgrade 
>>to the b protocol if necessary, but maybe that's it?
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>Don't know about that as I'm not that familiar with the ndis driver.  I 
>know some aps you can configure to accept b only, g only or both.
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