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How to setup secure wireless with IPW2200 driver in FC3

by Jim Lawrence on Jan 06, 2005 (UPDATED 2005-02-07)

If any of you who read my first article on getting the wireless to first work are probably wondering why i didn't include anything about securing your Access point (Router). Well thanks to the folks at & the fella at Intel, I was able to get it working to the point that I no longer have to Broadcast my AP's SSID and I can use WEP encryption to protect my connection to a certain extent. Below i'll show you how you have to do this in Fedora Core 3 & using the Intel internal wireless.

Tools you need to have
  • Wireless Tools. to see if you have them open the terminal (may as well leave it open)

    rpm -q wireless-tools

    If you don't have them then then install them with this...

    yum install wireless-tools
  • Something to show us we have a connection. Right click the tool bar, click "add to panel" in the window that pops open choose the Network Monitor
  • Remember the names of the windows, i'll be refering to those names later.
Next Step

After everything is installed, we need to configure the AP (Router) for your notebook. So, in your Router page, Disable "Broadcast SSID" and Change the name to what ever you want. next in your router, Enable "Wireless Security". Now depending on your Router, you should have a choice of which Encryption you would like to use. I chose the WEP because it is the easiest to set up thus far.

This image shows that you can put in A passphrase, click generate and it spit out 4 different keys you can choose. as for now, choose the default key which should be #1 and Apply the changes.

So now we have our AP(Router) set up to recieve connections that only have a valid SSID and Proper Key To connect.

Next Step

Go to Applications-->System Settings-->Network, Click the wireless device then click Edit on the tool bar.

In the Network Name SSID box, Enter "Your New Network Name"
In the Key box, Enter, "Your Secret WEP Key " ( the one that was generated for you)
Click Ok. on the main window where it lists out your network devices, Click File--> Save.

For all intent and purposes, you should be able to de-activate your wireless device and then activate it again. So now would be a good time to try it.

So remember the you put on your tool bar?

well look at for a second, if you see a yellow triange, it means your not connected. Click the Network monitor and you'll get one of these screens,

Click the "Configure" Button and you'll be prompted with this window

Yours hopefully will look like this one after were done So don't fret!!

Click your Wireless device (eth1) and click Deactivate. in a few seconds it should show that
it is deactivated or inactive. Try activating it now. if it doesn't activate, then we probably should reboot.

Now, I had some troubles with it hanging my machine while booting. So, if you have it set to be active on boot,we probably
should turn it off. Click the "Configure" button on the Network Device Control Window, you'll next see the Device configuration.
Click the Edit button for your device and on thr General Tab un-check "Activate on boot"
Now reboot to make sure the settings are saved. As the message says you should propbably reboot.

So after rebooting, Click your Network monitor on the panel Click the "Configure" button, and Try to active your wireless Device again.See if it gives you some error while it tries to activate the device.
if it does activate, Great you got it to work and you now have a secure wireless connection! If it doesn't, don't
worry, I got a trick for you.

Open the terminal, and type in su - to be root.
now type in
iwscan list
you should get a output like this...

If you don't see anything, then something else must be wrong, so go back and double check everything.

Next type in this...
iwconfig eth1 essid "your network name" key "WEP key you Created"
Don't hit enter YET!!! Still have the Network Device Control Click "Activate", Switch back to the terminal by pressing the Alt-Tab keys. now hit Enter. in few seconds the activation should
place and your connected. To test your connection, in the terminal type in this
ping -c4
if you get a response, Congratulations, your now connected to a secure wireless connection!

* Update-  Visit NM Set-up To automatic the above process.

My Second Article :-)

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