KDE 4.3 once again gave me a hard time. KNetworkManager crashed every time I tried to run it. It has something to do with segmentation fault.
Frustrated, I decided to find a way to connect to wireless using command line. After long hours of Googling, I found the solution.
First, you need to list available interfaces:
[email protected]:~$ sudo iwlist scanning
and this will show something similar to the following:
lo Interface doesn’t support scanning.
eth0 Interface doesn’t support scanning.
eth1 Scan completed :
Cell 01 – Address: 00:97:3G:G1:17:D4
Frequency:2.412 GHz (Channel 1)
Bit Rates:1 Mb/s; 2 Mb/s; 5.5 Mb/s; 6 Mb/s; 9 Mb/s
11 Mb/s; 12 Mb/s; 18 Mb/s; 24 Mb/s; 36 Mb/s
48 Mb/s; 54 Mb/s
Quality=77/100 Signal level=-49 dBm
Extra: Last beacon: 364ms ago
pan0 Interface doesn’t support scanning.
As you can see, the interface available for me is eth1. So, in order to connect to my selected wireless network I will run the following command:
[email protected]:~$ sudo iwconfig eth1 mode managed essid MYNETWORK channel 1
If your network have requires WEP key, you will need to add “key” into your command, such as follows:
[email protected]:~$ sudo iwconfig eth1 mode managed essid MYNETWORK key 1234567890abcdef channel 1
Finally to get connected we will use dhclient:
[email protected]:~$ sudo dhclient eth1
This will return something similar to the following:
Internet Systems Consortium DHCP Client V3.1.1
Copyright 2004-2008 Internet Systems Consortium.
All rights reserved.
For info, please visit http://www.isc.org/sw/dhcp/
Listening on LPF/eth1/00:15:00:01:77:19
Sending on LPF/eth1/00:15:00:01:77:19
Sending on Socket/fallback
DHCPDISCOVER on eth1 to 255.255.255.255 port 67 interval 6
DHCPOFFER of 192.168.2.3 from 192.168.2.1
DHCPREQUEST of 192.168.2.3 on eth1 to 255.255.255.255 port 67
DHCPACK of 192.168.2.3 from 192.168.2.1
bound to 192.168.2.3 — renewal in 897791164 seconds.
To make sure that we are connected to the internet, do a quick ping:
[email protected]:~$ ping google.com
and it will return:
PING google.com (126.96.36.199) 56(84) bytes of data.
You are good to go.
Happy geeking 😎