Problems with WPA-PSK and madwifi driver

Shawn Adams shawn_adams
Thu Feb 10 12:50:21 PST 2005

On the same topic, I have a fairly late MADWIFI driver, and the CVS 
wpa_supplicant 0.3.6

Have never gotten past the following error:

No keys have been configured - skip key clearing
Authentication with 00:00:00:00:00:00 timed out.

The AP reports a message that usually indicates a wireless card trying 
to connect in open mode, while the AP expects restricted mode.

is it possible that the card is not properly set before the WPA request 
goes out ? does the "no key have been configured mean the WPA expects 
the card to already be configured with an encryption key ? (sounds 
plausible for static WEP anyhow)

iwconfig shows the card using no encryption, or should this only happen 
after the WPA is complete ?

ath0      IEEE 802.11a  ESSID:""  Nickname:"kappa"
           Mode:Managed  Frequency:2.427 GHz  Access Point: 
           Bit Rate:0 kb/s   Tx-Power:50 dBm   Sensitivity=0/3
           Retry:off   RTS thr:off   Fragment thr:off
           Encryption key:off
           Power Management:off
           Link Quality=31/94  Signal level=-64 dBm  Noise level=-95 dBm
           Rx invalid nwid:0  Rx invalid crypt:0  Rx invalid frag:0
           Tx excessive retries:0  Invalid misc:0   Missed beacon:0

config being used:

         key_mgmt=WPA-PSK IEEE8021X NONE
         pairwise=CCMP TKIP
         group=CCMP TKIP WEP104 WEP40

any hints would be appreciated.


Eduardo Mendes wrote:
> Hello
> Many thanks but unfortunately it didn't work. The two lights are blinking 
> together but ifconfig shows that no valid ip was assigned to ath0.
> More info: my linux box is the dhcp server and not the wireless router. I have 
> assigned a specific ip address for the notebook (i have named it VAIO). As I 
> said windows doesn't have any problems to get the ip.  
> Is there any kind of tools that could be used to trace the whole connection 
> process?  
> Here is part of dhcpd.conf
> #
> #       Linux Box
> #
>     host vaiobox {
>          hardware ethernet 00:09:5B:C4:1A:E2;
>          option host-name "VAIO";
>          fixed-address;
>          }
> }
> Ed
> PS. I certainly change my passphrase as soon as wireless works on linux.
> On Thursday 10 February 2005 03:06 pm, Gilbert Mendoza wrote:
>>--- Eduardo Mendes <emmendes at> wrote:
>>>The wpa_supplicant.conf is as follows:
>>># Same as previous, but request SSID-specific scanning (for APs that
>>># broadcast SSID)
>>>        ssid="eacghome.airlink"
>>>        scan_ssid=1
>>>        psk="klklklklklklkl&&^^klklklklklklklklklklkl"
>>>        priority=2
>>In your netwoirk config, try:
>>         ssid="eacghome.airlink"
>>         scan_ssid=1
>>         proto=WPA
>>         key_mgmt=WPA-PSK
>>         pairwise=CCMP TKIP
>>         group=CCMP TKIP WEP104 WEP40
>>         psk="klklklklklklkl&&^^klklklklklklklklklklkl"
>>         priority=2
>>P.S. Ummm... you may want to change yer password at some point.  Being
>>that we know it and all.   ;-)
>>- Gilbert Mendoza
>>- PGP Key ID: 7987FCA8
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Shawn Adams
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