Problems connecting to a hotspot

Jouni Malinen jkmaline
Thu Aug 24 18:47:59 PDT 2006

On Thu, Aug 24, 2006 at 07:34:51PM +0200, Frank Meerkoetter wrote:

> i've had some problems connecting to a hotspot based system in a hotel
> recently. It should be an open network, authentification is done
> over the webbrowser. This is also the way it worked for my WinXP notebook.
> The wpa_supplicant under linux could not connect. When i used the wpa_cli
> tool to check what was the problem i got this network line (cmd. SCAN_RESULT):
> 00:a0:f8:aa:ef:9e 2412 [WPA-?] ISFR WiFi
> Why is he reporting [WPA-?]?

I would guess that the AP is reporting something that the client driver
is claiming to be WPA advertisement. All the released versions of
wpa_supplicant refuse to associate with such an AP since it looks like
it is using invalid configuration. However, the current snapshot version
from 0.5 development branch could allow asswociation.

Jouni Malinen                                            PGP id EFC895FA

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