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I just installed Ubuntu Server on a spare computer with a broken graphic card, and I needed to setup my wifi.
I thought No problem, I've done it before from the command line, in Arch Linux., only the steps I had to take in Arch Linux didn't work in Ubuntu Server (that's odd, wasn't Ubuntu supposed to be so much more user-friendly? :/).
This is what I'd normally do:

ip link set wlan0 up
wpa_passphrase <ESSID> <WPA KEY> > /etc/wpa_supplicant.conf
wpa_supplicant -B -Dwext -i wlan0 -c /etc/wpa_supplicant.conf
dhcpcd wlan0

Only at the wpa_supplicant I get some strane message:

ioctl[SIOCSIWENCODEEXT]: Invalid argument
ioctl[SIOCSIWENCODEEXT]: Invalid argument

And if I try to run dhcpcd then (which I manually installed, as it didn't come preinstalled with Ubuntu Server), it times out.

Help on how to do it would be much appreciated.


My wireless driver is iwl3945.

  • This question appears to be abandoned, if you are experiencing a similar issue please ask a new question with details pertaining to your problem. If you feel this question is not abandoned, please flag the question explaining that. :) – Seth Jan 13 '13 at 1:03
  • @iSeth It's abandoned. I gave up on Ubuntu Server. – RobinJ Jan 14 '13 at 8:34
  • I had the same issue on Debian. It seems that it started when I installed network-maneger - I couldn't connect, and when I uninstalled it, it works again. – Petr Pudlák Sep 24 '13 at 9:34
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    Exactly same problem here on a ThinkPad T61 with iwl3945 - When I boot into Arch, connection works flawlessly with the commands described. In Ubuntu I had to do apt-get remove network-manager (Thanks, @PetrPudlák). It's now possible to connect, but I still experience frequent and seemingly random disconnects. – user569825 May 29 '14 at 13:36
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That is not the proper syntax for

network={
    ssid="your_essid"
    psk=your_key or passpharse
}

See : https://help.ubuntu.com/community/WifiDocs/WPAHowTo

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    ... Then what is? I've tried the thingy with proto and key_gmgt but it makes no difference. – RobinJ Feb 22 '12 at 20:25
  • I gave you the syntax and a link for additional information. If you need assistance, pastebin your configuration file and / or provide the information (your essid, etc). – Panther Feb 22 '12 at 21:22
  • From your link: "Unsupported Version: This article applies to an unsupported version of Ubuntu." – treat your mods well Mar 12 '12 at 1:46
  • @phyzome - you should probably start your own question. You need to tell us what hardware you are having a problem with and what version of Ubuntu you are running. – Panther Mar 12 '12 at 1:50

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