Wifi and wpa_supplicant

Da Rock rock_on_the_web at comcen.com.au
Fri Sep 19 04:43:26 UTC 2008

Is it just me or is wpa_supplicant not the best option for auth on wifi?

I have now used several systems with wifi and wpa_supplicant and none
have been capable of maintaining the network connection. I haven't asked
before specifically because I thought it was my aging hardware - but now
I've used new hardware, ral and iwi devices and several combinations
with the same sort of issues. I will also add I've used 6.1, 6.2, 6.3
and 7.0 FBSD.

I have a very simple conf using this:

	ssid "my ap"
	psk  "secret"

I have added some other options such as mode=1 and key_mgmt=NONE, but
that hasn't changed anything.

Basically if I go ifconfig then the device simply has no carrier and no
association intermittently. I've tried using keep alive techniques by
using the network, but it can still drop out. I've tried new AP's too.
The only way I can keep the network alive is by killing and restarting
the supplicant.

Another new thing with the ral on one machine is that I have to set the
roaming to auto and scan before it will associate, and even then I can't
get an ip because of drop out.

I've tried various modes and settings with ifconfig and the ap's but
nothing has worked.

Any ideas, or anyone else having the same sort of issues? It appears to
me that wpa_supplicant is not very effective... the only stable
connections I get are using network manager on linux (not my favourite
alternative) and even then I'd rather have more control of my


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