any tutorial for implementing WPA-Personal (PSK) / CCMP (AES?) using wpa_supplicant on Windows 2000 Professional SP4+SRP1

K_McIntosh k_mcintosh
Thu Dec 17 21:49:28 PST 2009

Hey all ... am new to the list and to wpa_supplicant ... 

I installed 'wpa_supplicant-0.6.9.exe', the latest stable release binary installer for Windows (as well as 'WinPcap_4_0_2.exe', during the latter's install) and am having a little trouble out of the gate ... (I have noted that the 'wpa_gui' program is unusually slow to react to user input - could there be an installation or environment issue?)

Using 'wpa_gui', I should be able to File > Add Interface - 'Select a network interface to add' (in my case, a Linksys WPC54G V3 Wireless-G network adapter [Broadcom Corporation chipset, driver is 'bcmwl5.sys', version, 11-Feb-05 21:46] which is seen by wpa_gui, and, seen by Windows as 'Wireless-G Notebook Adapter WPC54G V3' with status of 'Network cable unplugged'.) and then, presumably, Network > Add ... and then File > Save Configuration (changes to 'wpa_supplicant.conf') upon preparing to File > Exit.

 ... however, I get a 'Failed to add the interface.' dialog upon attempts to add the aforementioned NIC and 'wpa_gui' reports 'Status: Could not get status from wpa_supplicant'.  Similarly, if I try to Add a Network first, I get a 'Failed to enable network in wpa_supplicant configuration.' dialog.

I have tried disabling the 'Wireless Configuration' service in Windows and have now made the 'wpa_supplicant service' Automatic (I also tried a change to the 'wpa_supplicant service' Log On - Log on as: Local System account by enabling sub-option 'Allow service to interact with desktop'), however, no change in results with 'wpa_gui' Add Interface or Network (I also tried executing 'wpasvc.exe' just to see what would happen ... it is one and the same as the 'wpa_supplicant service').

I have looked fairly carefully at the 'wpa_supplicant.conf' file and am wondering if I need to make changes there first in order to get the ball rolling, so to speak.

Because my access point normally runs in "hidden SSID" mode, eventually I will need to edit 'wpa_supplicant.conf' to reflect ap_scan=2 mode, but first things first.



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