[driverloader] Airport Extreme & Red Hat 9

Mat Ellis mat.ellis at mac.com
Thu Jan 8 08:38:44 EST 2004


Yes, right of course. Apologies for any confusion, I was being a bit 
RedHat centric there.



On Jan 8, 2004, at 1:03 AM, Linuxant support wrote:

> Hi,
> I just want to point out that the leading "0x" is not always needed to 
> enter
> a key in the HEX format. That depends on the Linux distribution and 
> which
> mecanism is used to read the key from the interface configuration file.
> For example, with RedHat, you simply put 
> "KEY=ABCDEF1234567890ABCDEF1234" in
> the file '/etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-wlan0' (if your 
> interface is
> named "wlan0").
> Also, when entering the key directly with "iwconfig", it will expect 
> the key
> to be in HEX format unless you put "s:" in front of it. The "s:" 
> syntax is
> used to enter the key as an ASCII string. "iwconfig" does not yet 
> support
> entering a pass phrase directly.
> Sometimes it is necessary to prepend or append the key word "open" or
> "restricted" to the key and force the same setting on the access point.
> Regards,
> Jean-Simon Durand
> Technical specialist / Linuxant
> www.linuxant.com
> support at linuxant.com
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Mat Ellis" <mat.ellis at mac.com>
> To: "Dimitris Stasinopoulos" <dsta at linea.gr>
> Cc: <driverloader at lists.linuxant.com>
> Sent: Thursday, January 08, 2004 1:30 AM
> Subject: Re: [driverloader] Airport Extreme & Red Hat 9
> Dimitris
> I'm sure you've tried this already, but for the benefit of others....
> Non-Apple wireless clients must have the WEP key entered in hexadecimal
> when using an Apple Airport base station. Only Apple clients can take
> the key in it's string form, e.g.
> On base station: 'Wireless Security' password entered as '128-bit WEP'
> password 'foobar'
> On Apple client: Airport network name '<whatever>', password 'foobar'
> On Windoze client: Network name '<whatever>', wep key 'ABCDEF1234' (put
> Hex equivalent)
> On Linux client: Network name '<whatever>', key '0xABCDEF1234' (put Hex
> equivalent but with '0x' in front)
> You can get the hex version of your password by going to the Airport
> Admin utility, selecting your base station, select button 'Show All
> Settings' and then select 'Equivalent Network Password...' from the
> menu 'Base Station'.
> With this method, I've been able to successfully connect XP clients to
> my Apple base stations for nearly a year.
> Apologies for slightly off-topic response but relevant for anyone
> trying to get their Linux boxes going with their Apple base stations.
> M.

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