Wireless Card and SSID

Daan Vreeken [PA4DAN] Danovitsch at vitsch.net
Tue Nov 30 03:00:17 PST 2004

On Monday 29 November 2004 23:51, RL wrote:
> Sending again... I really need to solve this.
> I have a Netgear WAG511 PC Card and am using the ath driver. In my
> /etc/rc.conf I have ath0 to use DHCP and also I have:
> ifconfig_ath0="ssid myssid".  Now, I can set this all up manually
> using ifconfig and it works till I reboot. When I set it in my rc.conf
> and I boot it up, I get "ath0: association failed (reason 12) for
> 00:0f:66:02..." flash on my screen one right after another. And when I
> do ifconfig, it shows no IP address NOR the ssid I set.  For some
> reason it doesn't see the SSID or DHCP I set up in rc.conf.
You can't combine "use DHCP" and "use this SSID" in /etc/rc.conf .
To do both, you need to create a startup script that sets the interface 
options (ssid / wep key / etc) and then just set /etc/rc.conf to use DHCP.

In /etc/rc.conf put this :

Then place this in a file called /etc/start_if.ath0  :

ifconfig ath0 ssid "some network" wepmode on wepkey 0x1234567890123

--- end of /etc/start_if.ath0 ---

The RC scripts will now first execute /etc/start_if.ath0 on boot, and then try 
to get an ip address on the interface with dhclient.


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