Re: UK users - BT Home Hub wireless connection
OK folks – a summary of today (drawing together ideas from the 3 different forums that I have been in contact with over this problem)
I connected my ethernet cable to my home hub – thanks to the people who pointed out that it should plug into the hub itself and not the phone plate (even though I thought that the 'other' (non-phone) RJ11 connection was the one required).
Played about with the settings using MEPIS Network Asssistant and – lo! And behold! - internet access. So connection finally done, but via ethernet. However, just what I needed – another cable trailing about the house!
So I played about with the Network assistant again – and still couldn't get the wireless connection to work.
On the General tab of the Assistant, the ethernet connection went green when live but the wlan0 will not move beyond grey and its status says that it “ started but failed to connect” and no matter what I did (using Konsole, GUIs) it simply wouldn't play ball.
Some points to ponder that I obtained that may get the grey matter of you experienced folks:
According to Network Assistant (Troubleshooting tab), “List Linux Drivers” gives:
RTL8187 25058 0
R8169 26775 0
mii 2658 1 r8169
“List Windows drivers” gives:
Mean anything to anyone?
“iwconfig” from Konsole gives:
l0 – no wireless extensions
eth0 – no wireless extensions
wlan0 IEEE 802.11bg Mode:Managed Access point:Not associated
Tx-power = 0 dBm
Retry long limit : 7 RTS thr:off Fragment thr: off
encryption key: off Power management: off
eth0 – link encap ethernet
wlan0 – link encap ethernet Up Broadcast Multicast
“ifup wlan0” gives
ignoring unknown interface wlan0=wlan0
So to answer some questions and points raised on the forums – apologies but I am just going to cut and paste this onto each of them:
JBOMAN on the MEPIS Community forum (viewtopic.php?f=7&t=29148&p=258228#p258228
) pointed out that he couldn't get v8.5 to connect to his wifi, where v 8.0 had worked. I too am running v8.5, obtained on a disc from an outlet.
IanC on the BT Forum (http://community.bt.com/t5/BB-in-Home/M ... /m-p/99093
) asked what version of MEPIS – 8.5 as per above paragraph.
) – the connection security is WPA2 Personal
Also thanks to everyone else who posted things for me to try.
SO – I can use my ethernet cable to connect to the internet but not my Home Hub, which was the main point of the question.
HOWEVER – I thought (as I mentioned elsewhere in one of the posts) – perhaps I DID make the wrong choice – how does any other Linux flavour work?
So I inserted the distribution disk that I have for Ubuntu and ran it from the CD. The wireless connection wizard was SO much simpler than MEPIS and after 30 seconds – the WI FI CONNECTION WAS ESTABLISHED – no messing about, straight in.
Therefore – it seems that something about MEPIS or MEPIS v8.5 does not like my BT Home Hub (or vice versa?).
Once again many thanks to all the contributors – I really am most appreciative of the time and effort that you all have made to try and help this Linux Virgin and for suggesting different approaches for me to try.
I am going to leave this question as now 'solved' (after a fashion) as my wife needs the laptop for business but what I shall eventually do is remove MEPIS, use its CD as a coffee coaster, and install Ubuntu. Pity because I liked the way that MEPIS was set up but wifi access is what I need.