Trying to connect to network with LEAP authentication

James J. Ramsey jjramsey_6x9eq42 at
Wed Sep 27 16:55:31 EDT 2006

--- "James J. Ramsey" <jjramsey_6x9eq42 at>

> --- Dan Williams <dcbw at> wrote:
> > Right.  It's the driver and/or card reporting that
> > it lost the
> > connection to the access point.
> After using my wireless under Windows XP for a
> while,
> I found that the connection turned out to be flaky.
> (It was only when I tested it under Windows briefly
> that it seemed to be "perfect.") At times the
> connection seems decent, and even long enough to
> download MiKTeX--though I had to resume the download
> after a disconnect--but othertimes, not so much. I
> wonder if that was the reason for my problems under
> Linux. If that is the case, though, why did I get a
> connection at all under Windows? 

Sigh. I was too optimistic. I tried connecting where
the wireless network had a much stronger signal.
Windows XP connected just fine. Ubuntu did not.

Does anybody have any specific ideas as to how to
debug this problem, possibly some way I can compare
what Windows and Linux are doing under the hood?

Why does wireless under Linux have to be such a
crapshoot? Just about everywhere else, between RTFM
and STFW, one can usually find a way to get Linux to
do what it's supposed to, at least if the hardware is
compatible. Here, the fact that I've got a wireless
card with a native Linux driver seems to count for
nothing, and the documentation doesn't provide enough
info for troubleshooting. Why is it all so broken?

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