View Full Version : [ubuntu] ndiswrapper wlan connect on boot problems

November 19th, 2008, 03:27 AM
Hi all,

Im trying to get my Ubuntu (Intrepid) box to connect to a wireless AP on boot so i can mount some samba shares from another box.

This is a clean install of Ubuntu, so the first thing i did was to install and setup ndiswarpper. All good.

As a quick test nw-applet will connect to the AP when in "Roaming" mode, but not if i set the settings up manually in nw-applet (they have been tripple checked as correct).

I have now removed nw-applet (removed net-management-gnome) and am trying to get ifup/ifdown to manage the interface.

I have /etc/network/interface setup correctly, and on trying ifup, DHCP discovery doesnt work.
When i check iwconfig, it shows that the essid, etc are blank... not what i set interfaces up to use.

Anyone know whats going on here??


November 19th, 2008, 03:33 AM
I think this thread (http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=974382) might be what you are looking for; let me know if that helps. :)

November 19th, 2008, 05:04 AM
Nope, didnt help :(

/etc/network/interfaces now stay as they are set after reboot.
ifconfig for wlan0 is set correctly.
iwconfig shows no connection for the interface.
cant ping any ip's.


auto lo wlan0
iface lo inet loopback

iface wlan0 inet static
wireless-essid homeap
wireless-key s:key-text-blah

ndiswrapper -l:

mrv8335 : driver installed
device (11AB:1FAA) present


wlan0 IEEE 802.11g ESSID:off/any
Mode:Managed Channel:0 Access Point: Not-Associated
Bit Rate:1 Mb/s Sensitivity=-200 dBm
RTS thr=2346 B Fragment thr=2346 B
Encryption key:6D77-7073-7265-6433-6661-6365-73 Security mode:restricted
Power Management:off
Link Quality:0 Signal level:0 Noise level:0
Rx invalid nwid:0 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid frag:0
Tx excessive retries:0 Invalid misc:0 Missed beacon:0

Any ideas?

Thanks again...

November 19th, 2008, 06:44 AM

I had to change "wireless-key s:key-text-blah" to "wireless-key open :key-text-blah".