WPA wifi. Help please! (I am desperate)

Smith, Bruce bsmith
Thu Jul 26 19:23:51 PDT 2007

There are quite a few examples on how to do wpa_supplicant configuration - just google it.  Yes, you leave it running.  If you do iwconfig <interface> it will tell you the status.  
You also have to set what WPA; is it 1 or 2.  1 is TKIP, 2 is AES.  For AES you set:
network {
in the config file.
If you put psk in quotes, it is treated as a ascii passphrase, otherwise I believe its hex.
Shouldn't this be posted on a wpa_supplicant list?


From: hostap-bounces+bsmith=road-inc.com at shmoo.com on behalf of David
Sent: Thu 7/26/2007 6:45 PM
To: Bryan Kadzban
Cc: hostap at shmoo.com
Subject: Re: WPA wifi. Help please! (I am desperate)

Thank you very much.

Uf, still desperate. I tried to write the wpa_supplicant.conf, run wpa_supplicant and then dhclient. The output of wpa_supplicant did not make me be optimistic and, of course, dhclient failed.

What do I have to do? Is this sequence right?

1) Write the wpa_supplicant.conf file.
2) Run wpa_supplicant -dd -D madwifi -i ath0 -c /etc/wpa_supplicant.conf and leave it running?
3) Then, dhclient ath0?

If not, can you please correct me?

If yes, can you please tell me the wpa_supplicant.conf file, based on the output of iwlist ath0 scan that I wrote in the previous email? (sorry if I look to be abusing, but I have tried for 5 hours with no results :-(  ). 

Thank you very much for your help,


On 27/07/07, Bryan Kadzban <bryan at kadzban.is-a-geek.net > wrote: 

	Hash: RIPEMD160
	David wrote: 
	> They told me that it is right, but that WPA keys can be shorter than
	> 64 characters as well...
	*Only* if the string is treated as an ASCII key (the type of key that
	gets hashed with the SSID to generate the real key).  There is no way to 
	treat a 26-character string as a hex WPA key; WPA keys are 256 bits
	> Maybe a hint can come from the fact that, in Windows XP, introducing
	> the 26 character key works OK.
	I have no idea how XP's supplicant is coded, but I suspect that it 
	treats any string shorter than 64 characters as an ASCII key and hashes
	it.  For wpa_supplicant, try putting the key in double quotes, since
	that's what flags wpa_supplicant to treat the string as an ASCII key and 
	hash it.
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