ath + wep issue

Robert C. Noland III rnoland at 2hip.net
Tue Aug 2 22:11:41 GMT 2005


I am having an issue with static wep on my ath card, -current sources as
of this morning EST.  It is a Linksys WPC55ag card.  I also have an old
Netgear wi card that works shown at the bottom.

ath_hal: 0.9.14.9 (AR5210, AR5211, AR5212, RF5111, RF5112, RF2413)
...
ath0: <Atheros 5212> mem 0xf4010000-0xf401ffff irq 11 at device 0.0 on
cardbus0
ath0: Ethernet address: 00:12:17:6e:fc:18
ath0: mac 5.9 phy 4.3 radio 3.6

laptop# ifconfig ath0 ssid "test001" wepmode on weptxkey 1 wepkey "xxxx"
laptop# ifconfig ath0 up

Tue Aug  2 17:27:19 RTM_IFINFO: if# 3, link: down,
flags:<UP,BROADCAST,SIMPLEX,MULTICAST>
Tue Aug  2 17:27:25 RTM_IEEE80211: scan complete
Tue Aug  2 17:27:25 RTM_IEEE80211: associate with 00:0d:93:e9:cf:d4
Tue Aug  2 17:27:25 RTM_IFINFO: if# 3, link: up,
flags:<UP,BROADCAST,RUNNING,SIMPLEX,MULTICAST>
Tue Aug  2 17:27:25 RTM_IEEE80211: disassociate
Tue Aug  2 17:27:25 RTM_IFINFO: if# 3, link: down,
flags:<UP,BROADCAST,RUNNING,SIMPLEX,MULTICAST>

The disassociate message concerns me, but it should work...

ath0: flags=8843<UP,BROADCAST,RUNNING,SIMPLEX,MULTICAST> mtu 1500
        inet6 fe80::212:17ff:fe6e:fc18%ath0 prefixlen 64 scopeid 0x3 
        ether 00:12:17:6e:fc:18
        media: IEEE 802.11 Wireless Ethernet autoselect (DS/1Mbps)
        status: no carrier
        ssid test001 channel 1
        authmode OPEN privacy ON deftxkey 1 wepkey 1:104-bit txpowmax 46
        protmode CTS roaming DEVICE bintval 100

At this point, the card is no longer scanning and the lights on the card
continue blinking as if it is associated (slowly in sync, as opposed to
alternately blinking like mad when it is scanning) yet status shows no
carrier.  dhclient will not work when the interface is in this state.
It seems to just broadcast and eventually die.

wi0: <NETGEAR MA401 Wireless PC Card> at port 0xe000-0xe03f irq 11
function 0 config 1 on pccard0
wi0: using RF:PRISM2 MAC:HFA3841 CARD:HWB3163-SST-flash
wi0: Intersil Firmware: Primary (0.3.0), Station (1.3.4)
wi0: Ethernet address: 00:30:ab:07:e4:7b

laptop# ifconfig wi0 ssid "test001" wepmode on weptxkey 1 wepkey "xxxx"
laptop# ifconfig wi0 up

Tue Aug  2 17:35:57 RTM_IFANNOUNCE: if# 3, what: arrival
Tue Aug  2 17:39:06 RTM_IFINFO: if# 3, link: unknown,
flags:<UP,BROADCAST,SIMPLEX,MULTICAST>
Tue Aug  2 17:39:06 RTM_IEEE80211: disassociate
Tue Aug  2 17:39:06 RTM_IFINFO: if# 3, link: down,
flags:<UP,BROADCAST,RUNNING,SIMPLEX,MULTICAST>

again with the disassociate message.  This seems to force wpa_supplicant
to start scanning again, so I can't currently use wpa_supplicant on this
network.  Actually, wpa_supplicant doesn't ever seem to be able to
associate on the wi card, but static configuration works.
wpa_supplicant on the ath card seems to associate, then catches the
disassociate and starts scanning again.  lather, rinse, repeat...

wi0: flags=8843<UP,BROADCAST,RUNNING,SIMPLEX,MULTICAST> mtu 1500
        inet6 fe80::230:abff:fe07:e47b%wi0 prefixlen 64 scopeid 0x3 
        ether 00:30:ab:07:e4:7b
        media: IEEE 802.11 Wireless Ethernet autoselect (DS/11Mbps)
        status: associated
        ssid test001 channel 1 bssid 00:0d:93:e9:cf:d4
        stationname "FreeBSD WaveLAN/IEEE node"
        authmode OPEN privacy MIXED deftxkey 1 wepkey 1:104-bit txpowmax
100
        bintval 100

dhclient does work here, and then I can start the vpn and roam about the
office...

thanks,

robert.




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