During last week I switched my home WiFi from insecure WEP to WPA2.
Why not used WPA before? My x86 test machine was ProGear which use Orinoco PCMCIA card (no WPA support) and I also used Tosa with that crap called wlan-ng (also no WPA support). Now I have USB Ethernet card and PCMCIA->CF adapter so both can be connected via wire or with CF WiFi card (Prism2 with 1.8.4 firmware so WPA out-of-box).
But since I use Dell D400 as x86 test machine ProGear is not powered — I will probably put it on shelf to get some desk space free (there is no such thing as big enough desk — just ones that are not cluttered yet).
– card with good driver (so no Orinoco or wlan-ng crap)
– proper configuration
– network with WPA
First I configured “maluch” (D400). Installed `wpasupplicant` package and discovered that it is not supported out-of-box. README propose two methods:
1. Use only one network and configure network in `/etc/network/interfaces`
2. Roaming networks with extra scripts
I decided to follow 3rd way where you need to edit `/etc/network/interfaces` just to tell wpa-supplicant which config it has to use and which driver:
iface eth1 inet dhcp wpa-driver wext wpa-conf /etc/wpa_supplicant/config
This way wpa-supplicant is started automatically with `/etc/wpa_supplicant/config` file as configuration. This file also contain all networks which you want to connect. It can be edited by hand or using external tools — `wpa_cli` or `wpa_gui` (QT3/QT4). Have to check does it works ok with other networks then my home one but it should work.
Then same configuration on Zaurus C760 running Poky — Prism2 card in CompactFlash slot. Connecting to network works out-of-box now. On Nokia 770 all I need to to was entering WPA-PSK key.
The worst part was MS Windows laptop — I had to remove all networks from list of preferred ones, reboot and then enter WPA-PSK key to get it working.
Now it should be harder to connect to my network 😉