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I'm trying to set up a connection to a WPA2-Personal network on a barebones Debian install. I've installed the firmware for my wireless adapter just fine (ipw2200) and can connect to open wireless networks perfectly. I've run through Debian's WiFi/HowToUse documentation a few times now, and each time it doesn't work. Here's my current configuration files:

/etc/network/interfaces:

auto MyOpenNetwork inet dhcp
    wireless-ssid MyOpenNetworkSSID

auto MyWPANetwork inet dhcp
    wpa-conf /etc/wpa_supplicant/MyWPANetwork.conf

/etc/wpa_supplicant/MyWPANetwork.conf:

network={
    ssid="MyWPASSID"
    psk=LotsOfHexGeneratedBywpa_passphrase
}

Also, running ifup eth1=MyNetwork throws:

ioctl[SIOCSIWENCODEEXT]: Invalid argument
ioctl[SIOCSIWENCODEEXT]: Invalid argument

And wpa_supplicant -D wext -i eth1 -c /etc/wpa_supplicant/MyWPANetwork.conf throws:

ioctl[SIOCSIWENCODEEXT]: Invalid argument
ioctl[SIOCSIWENCODEEXT]: Invalid argument
eth1: Trying to associate with XX:XX:XX:XX:XX:XX (SSID='MyWPASSID' freq=XXXX MHz)
eth1: Association request to the driver failed

Any help would be much appreciated, thanks!

  • From the output I think you have a typo, but I'm not sure why. At any rate take a look at this AU Q&A which has a link to the ref docs for setting up WPA etc. It's in the A from Bhodi: askubuntu.com/questions/106633/… – slm Aug 22 '14 at 13:33
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Answering my own question to close; it seems the issue is on the network's end and not mine, I've since been able to connect to other WPA2 networks just fine.

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