[driverloader] WPA associates with router, but no dhcp response

Linuxant support (Jonathan) support at linuxant.com
Fri Feb 1 17:05:18 EST 2008


you should take a look at the output of 'ifconfig' to see if the number 
of sent and receive packets do increase or not. The RT61 chipset is not 
officially supported and is known to not work in all cases. When it 
doesn't work, the source of the problem is generally that you can't 
receive and/or send packets with the wireless interface.

You should also try to connect to an access point without any kind of 
encryption just to test if the problem is related or not to WPA. You 
could ask your landlord to disable the encryption just a few minutes to 
test that.

Finally, please check your firewall settings, an improperly configured 
firewall can block everything, including DHCP messages. You could also 
use a network analyzer tool such as Ethereal do detect if you are 
actually able to receive packets or not.


Technical specialist / Linuxant
support at linuxant.com

Mike Black wrote:
> Hello,
> I recently had to replace my motherboard so I went ahead and re-installed 
> Linux to avoid any problems that may arise. I switched from Gentoo to Debian 
> because I'd had no problems setting Debian up on my laptop and don't have 
> time to go through all the intense setup of Gentoo again right now. After 
> re-installing, however, I ran into problems getting the machine to work on my 
> apartment's router. If it were just me living here, I'd turn off the 
> encryption until I could figure out what the problem is, but the guy I'm 
> renting from insists on leaving WPA up...
> Ok, basic problem: wpa_supplicant connects to the router, the psk gets 
> accepted, but then when I try to get an IP with dhclient, I can't get a 
> dhcpoffer response from the router.
> First, here is my wpa_supplicant.conf:
> ctrl_interface=/var/run/wpa_supplicant
> network={
> ssid="linksys"
> key_mgmt=WPA-PSK
> proto=WPA
> pairwise=TKIP
> group=TKIP
> psk="(my key here)"
> }
> In case you're wondering, its one of the sample ones included in the 
> documentation with my apartment's ssid and password entered in. I used the 
> same one before in Gentoo, and I'm using it right now on the laptop I'm 
> typing this on (which is also running Debian). The laptop connects with 
> wpa_supplicant and gets an ip through dhclient rather quickly.
> So I compared the output of iwconfig for both, and I've noticed that the 
> problem machine lists Encryption as "off" while my laptop has a long 
> alphanumeric key. This leads me to believe that somehow encryption has been 
> disabled on my problem machine, which is preventing it from communicating 
> properly with the router and getting an ip with dhclient.
> Once again, I'm using the same WPA configuration file and driver (DriverLoader 
> with RT61 driver for a Linksys WMP54Gv4.1) I used in Gentoo. When I load the 
> driver, dmesg says that WPA is encryption is supported. I'm now sure where to 
> go from here, but I'm starting to lose my patience. Please help!
> Thanks,
> Michael Black
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