I managed to get my Wacky Laptop to recognize my new wireless card (see
above). Unfortunately, I couldn't gain access to the public wireless
network here in the office. I suspected that some sort of security
countermeasure was in place, but I also couldn't rule out some sort of
configuration problem. The card could detect all the wireless networks
around, but couldn't get throughput. To isolate the variable, I snuck
the laptop home and tried to log on to my totally unsecure (lecture me
later) personal wireless network.
Well, turns out both issues were true. I hadn't configured the wireless
card correctly, and there is still some kind of countermeasure in place
here at the office. I know this because I got the card properly
configured at home. Here's what I had to do:
- In the GNOME desktop, navigate to System | Administration | Windows Wireless Drivers
- In the Wireless Network Drivers dialogue box, click on Configure Network
- In the Network Settings dialogue, select the Connections tab, then highlight the Wireless Connection entry, then click on Properties
- In the Interface Properties dialogue, check the Enable This
Connection checkbox, then select the appropriate wireless network from
the Network Name (ESSID) dropdown. If the OK button is still grayed out
after you've selected a network, select DHCP from the Configurationdropdown, rather than Static IP. Then click OK.
- In the Network Settings dialogue box, highlight the Wireless Connection entry, then click the Activate button. Now select ath0 (the wireless card) from the Default Gateway Device dropdown. Then click OK.
- In the Wireless Network Drivers dialogue box, click Close
- In the upper screen taskbar of the GNOME desktop, right-click on the Network icon (the two inset monitors), then select Properties
- In the Connection Properties dialogue, select ath0 from the Connection Name drop down, then click Close
- Open a Web browser and check your connection.
your network configurations and set the default network gateway device.
Fortunately, under System | Administration | Networking, you can set up
location-based profiles. I have one for the office and one for home.
I'll talk to the local Netadmin and find out what's keeping me locked
out of the local wireless network. I suspect it's a WEP key.
Jay Garmon has a vast and terrifying knowledge of all things obscure, obtuse, and irrelevant. One day, he hopes to write science fiction, but for now he'll settle for something stranger — amusing and abusing IT pros. Read his full profile. You can also follow him on his personal blog.