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    Manually setting a wireless connection

    This is a discussion on Manually setting a wireless connection within the Sky Broadband help forums, part of the Sky Broadband help and support category; I'm trying to set up a wireless connection on an Acer Aspire one running Ubuntu. Following a tutorial I've compiled ...

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      Manually setting a wireless connection

      I'm trying to set up a wireless connection on an Acer Aspire one running Ubuntu. Following a tutorial I've compiled and installed the correct driver for the wireless card and now I need to set up the connection and I got some of the required settings from the router page (the Sagem model) on my desktop, however, there is some information I'm unsure of.

      It asks for the following:
      SSID: I know this.
      Mode: Infrastructure or Ad-hoc?
      BSSID: ?
      Mac Address?
      MTU?

      If anyone can advise me on this I will be extremely grateful.


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      Re: Manually setting a wireless connection

      I have the Aspire, you don't need to do that unless something has gone wrong. All we had to do was turn on the wireless, click on the networks available message, select our Sky SSID and give the key.

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      Re: Manually setting a wireless connection

      As PaulSky says you should only need to give the SSID and password, best to use WPA-PSK with TKIP encryption which I think is Sky default.
      BSSID is same as MAC code, a unique number for every piece of network hardware.
      Infastructure is a network of more than 2 machines, Ad-hoc is just 2 machines together, use Infrastructure.
      MTU is a setting to tell how large packets of data are sent, just use default,normally 1500 I think.

      When you have everything running ok I recommend you go back and choose an SSID of your own and use the longest random character password you can, also hide SSID broadcast if possible.

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      Re: Manually setting a wireless connection

      Thanks guys, this is good information. I suspect now that something's gone wrong with getting the linux driver properly installed, I'll have to work on that.

      I understand that WPA is a better encryption method by the way, but it was the Sky help desk that set me up with WEP. Someone stole my daughters laptop and she was getting paranoid that they'd use it to get net access by sitting outside the house. I told her that was highly unlikely given where we live but she wouldn't let it go so for her piece of mind I called the help desk.

      The guy there said he couldn't change the WPA code so I'd have to go with WEP instead.

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      Re: Manually setting a wireless connection

      to change wpa code simply go to below security options and delete key in there and enter your own password min 8 characters

     

     

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