After spending a few more hours messing with both the Ralink and ndiswrapper, I've found that the only way I can get the wireless to work is with WEP or with no encryption; WPA or WPA2 just makes the wireless endlessly connect and disconnect. I've tried toggling all the settings on the router, but none make any difference. Especially since this is one of those new 802.11n draft wireless cards, I think that this problem is because it's too new, or the router is doing something strange with WPA, neither of which I can easily solve.
Since we originally bought the wireless because there was no more room on the back of the wired router, I think I'm going to move the wireless card to a Windows-only PC, and leave this Vista/Ubuntu as wired.
Thanks for your help wieman01
Out of interest what signal strength do you get with your wireless adapter. I have a Ralink USB adapter and if strength drops below 50% I get disconnected (WPA2). I find my sig. strength between 69 to 90% is stable enough with 54Mbps on 802.11g standard (max.)
If you have Cat * cabling you could invest in another Ethernet switch and connect this to your Router's ethernet port to an auto X-over port or via crossover cable (1&3, 2&6 cross-over).
Oddly enough, Windows shows it as 70-80, but in Linux it shows as somewhere around 50%. We do have CAT5 cabling, but I don't happen to have any of the cable crimpers (though I do have a few spare heads).
The reason we decided to go for wireless though, is that the router and modem are downstairs in the computer room, from which one port is plugged into the CAT5 cable, which is then connected to a CAT5 going to another room at the cable box. We originally considered moving all the equipment up into the cable box but there wasn't enough room, nor was there any documentation on how to get it working.
Thanks, wiemon01, for the response.
I have a Trendnet TEW423PI (H/W Build B1) PCI adaptor using the Marvel 88w8335 Libertas chipset . I have installed ndiswrapper using the W98 driver Mrv8000c. I tried the WinXP driver but didn't see any difference. I forgot to add in my first post that mine is a WUBI installation. (Does that matter?)
I have looked at several HowTo's, and may have some clutter. Should I have both the /etc/networks/interfaces and /etc/wpa_supplicant.conf files? I think the wpa_supplicant.conf was from an attempt with ssid broadcast on. Should I delete the wpa_supplicant file? I tried resetting /etc/newtowk/interfaces for SSID broadcast, but that didn't work.
Here are the files:
user@user-Desktop:~$ sudo cat /etc/network/interfaces
iface lo inet loopback
iface wlan0 inet dhcp
wpa-psk <hex pw>
When I removed network-manager, should I have deleted just network-manager or all the setup files also?
I have tried wicd previously, so I may give that a try. Do I need to do anything with the previously mentioned files?
Once again, thanks very much for your time and support of this HowTo.
You don't need "wpa_supplicant.conf" if you follow this tutorial.
In order to try WICD or Network Manager, "/etc/network/interfaces" must read:
Nothing else. After a restart you can try either of these tools.auto lo
iface lo inet loopback
I guess you don't have to remove NM if you run Hardy... not sure though. If you remove NM, the system does all the clean-up for you, there is no need to remove an other files yourself.
wieman01: No, it's an integrated PCI one.
geezerone: I didn't consider signal strength before; it might very well be due to a weak signal. I'm going to move it closer to the AP and try again.
Once again, thanks for the suggestions.
I did a fresh install of Ubuntu and tried Network manager (with ndiswrapper and the W98 driver) No luck. It showed the networks after a scan, bur would not connect. If I tried connecting using the NM applet, it at least showed the signal strength. However, it would not connect. I would enter the password and it would think a moment and ask for the password, etc.
I then installed wicd. Same thing - showed several networks, including mine. But it wouldn't connect. Also, once wicd was installed, everything got really slow.
I'm at a loss. The card connnects in WPA in WXP, so the card will handle WPA. I've tried both the W98 and XP drivers in ndiswrapper. I didn't see any difference.
One thing...My router is using channel 11. Do I have to specify that somewhere? I noticed that RUtilT has a place to set the channel. Unfortunately, is doesn't appear to handle WPA.
I really don't want to drop bask to WEP. I have another adapter (Belkin F5D7000 Rev 2 - Broadcom BCM4306(?)chipset) if you think that might be worth the effort.
Any suggestions? Are there any reports that might help?
Once again, thanks.