JWM vs. Fluxbox and WiFi: Weird that there should be any difference. Do you use the same programs/procedures in both environments? What happens if you configure wifi in fluxbox, then switch to JWM?
OK. I seem to have confirmed my initial results. I first tried to set up my wifi in jwm (and remember, this was a fresh install of vl-lite on a freshly wiped hard drive with no wireless configuration during setup). I used the wireless configuration wizard in the jwm's control center to configure wifi. Vector detected and configured the card, but it connected to my neighbor's network instead of mine. No matter how many times I re-ran the wireless configuration in jwm and rebooted, my card would not connect to my network. Running ifconfig in xterm confirmed the situation.
In contrast, when I ran the wireless configuration from the control center in fluxbox and rebooted, the settings stuck and I am now connected to my home network. The settings also stick now in jwm, so I remain connected to my home network even from within jwm. Again, ifconfig in xterm provides the proof.
Weird, huh? But no matter. Now, for the first time since I kicked win98 off my little tank (380z laptop) several months ago, it is happier than ever and fully functional. Uh-oh, now I'll have to find something productive to do with it!