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Author Topic: WPA2 with VL5.9 and Broadcom driver?  (Read 2660 times)


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WPA2 with VL5.9 and Broadcom driver?
« on: October 20, 2009, 11:14:29 am »

Two years ago I installed two VL5.9 boxes at a small charity organization's offices. They are still going strong but they have recently switched to wireless WPA2 security. So yesterday I installed two wireless cards I had hanging around: a BCM4311 and a BCM4318. I got both working under VL5.9 and WEP here at home, using the BCM43xx Linux driver. However, at their offices I simply could not get WPA2 working. I was trying to do it the manual way by editing config files.  Running "wpa_supplicant -Dbcm43xx..." threw me an error.

Should I be using the "wext" supplicant driver with these chipsets?

Also, I am wondering  (in order to make it easier on me and the clients) that perhaps I should install wicd to make the maintenance easier? Would wicd work with 5.9 and the BCM drivers OK? wi-fi radar is OK but a bit limited.
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Re: WPA2 with VL5.9 and Broadcom driver?
« Reply #1 on: October 20, 2009, 11:56:11 am »

I have a broadcom wireless device on my laptop with WPA1 and under VL 5.9 I recall having to using -wext supplicant driver; I was also using the bcm43xx device driver. My wireless device always shows as eth1 in 5.9 standard.

I would think that wicd would make maintenance easier, but do not know how well it performs in 5.9 (if at all).


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Re: WPA2 with VL5.9 and Broadcom driver?
« Reply #2 on: October 20, 2009, 12:24:21 pm »

I recalled Vector giving some instruction on the installation of wicd on 5.9.
I did a little searching and the link is here.

Hopefully there is enough detail in there to help you install it.

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