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Default Dell Mini - Ubuntu and WLAN - 02-26-2009, 12:32 AM

I just got my Mini yesterday evening.

Most of the night and all day long (today), I'd been trying to get wifi working without success. Let me mention now that I've eleven hosts on my LAN, all up and running...and 75% of those machines are Linux-based. Several are running Linux and are connected via wifi. I consider this ample proof that my WAP is functioning properly.

I don't know what I did to get Ubuntu to finally connect, but I now have a functional connection. When I checked the syslog logs last night and today, it appeared that the OS was confused as to which network interface was the wireless card. eth1 is the wireless card, yet Ubuntu kept trying to initialize eth0 as the wireless interface.

So, now that I have a connection (I'm posting using the Mini now), 'iwconfig' shows that eth1 isn't configured:

ron@ron:~$ ifconfig
eth0      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:21:70:e3:95:c5  
          UP BROADCAST MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1
          RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:687907841 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000 
          RX bytes:0 (0.0 B)  TX bytes:0 (0.0 B)
          Interrupt:220 Base address:0x6000 

eth1      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:23:08:5e:3b:27  
          inet addr:  Bcast:  Mask:
          inet6 addr: fe80::223:8ff:fe5e:3b27/64 Scope:Link
          RX packets:4230 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:92669
          TX packets:3337 errors:75 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000 
          RX bytes:2881632 (2.7 MB)  TX bytes:551124 (538.2 KB)

lo        Link encap:Local Loopback  
          inet addr:  Mask:
          inet6 addr: ::1/128 Scope:Host
          UP LOOPBACK RUNNING  MTU:16436  Metric:1
          RX packets:1205 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:1205 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:0 
          RX bytes:63874 (62.3 KB)  TX bytes:63874 (62.3 KB)

ron@ron:~$ iwconfig
lo        no wireless extensions.

eth0      no wireless extensions.

eth1      IEEE 802.11  Nickname:""
          Access Point: Not-Associated   

ron@ron:~$ ping
PING ( 56(84) bytes of data.
64 bytes from ( icmp_seq=1 ttl=238 time=32.4 ms
64 bytes from ( icmp_seq=2 ttl=238 time=34.0 ms
64 bytes from ( icmp_seq=3 ttl=238 time=32.5 ms

--- ping statistics ---
3 packets transmitted, 3 received, 0% packet loss, time 1998ms
rtt min/avg/max/mdev = 32.415/32.992/34.027/0.748 ms
I'm not sure how Ubuntu uses wireless but it shouldn't be all that different from what I'm used to (Slackware).

What I should've done was copied the syslog when I had an issue last night (I suppose I can peruse the logs and find when it was erroring out).

I'd prefer to find the issue and submit a bugfix, instead of installing the next version of Ubuntu. I can see installing a better version if I couldn't get wifi access at ALL. We'll see what happens when I have to reconnect or reboot. If I find out anything else, I'll add to this post.

I just thought I'd share my thoughts on this, since the forum doesn't seem to have a solution to this issue.

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