Wlan for alternative OS-es and screen settings for multiple screens and beamers

This site came into life to support the non fontys suppported OS-es (mainly Linux and maybe BSD) in connecting to the fontys WLAN.
The following experiences have been collected

Stabilise your wlan connection with Fixpoint

Fabian Stammen created a bash script which helps you to keep a stable connection on a wlan with multiple access points.

The problem is that the linux wlan manager tries to optimise you access by scanning and rescanning to find the access point with the strongest signal. In this aspect, the wlan manager is a bit too zealous and needs some guidance, which the fixpoint script provides. The script can list the known networks, which should be configured before you use fixpoint. Then you can tell the wlan manager, thorugh the fixpoint command, to lock to a particular access point. This eases the zeal of the manager. Of course, when you are mobile, you should release (drop) and fix on another access point, but since most people only use the computer while sitting, locking your machine to the one and strongest access point should be a good idea.

You can find fixpoint by folllowing the link.
If you need the bleeding edge version, pull it form Fabian's fixpoint repository . Note that you need a peerweb account to be able to do that.

Wlan with ubuntu 7.10 at Fontys Campus Venlo

After some short experimenting I was able to connect to the fontys wlan with ubuntu feisty fawn (7.04).
Prequisites: With the commands
wpa_supplicant -D wext -ieth1 -c /etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf
dhcpclient eth1
I got a connection and after some patience an IP address. (The fontys network is notoriously slow with supplying dhcp addresses here in Venlo)

Config file

The trick, als always, is in the config file. (No magic involved though).
The content of my config file (/etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf) which is a modified copy of the file /usr/share/doc/wpasupplicant/examples/ieee8021x.conf under ubuntu:
# IEEE 802.1X with dynamic WEP keys using EAP-PEAP/MSCHAPv2


        identity="user name"

of course with username and password removed. Students should use <pcn>@student.fontys.nl, staff members <pcn>@fontys.nl

Ubuntu with madwifi

Andreas Speier has added his bits:
My system is Ubuntu 7.10 on a i386 based platform. The madwifi driver package MUST be installed (sudo apt-get install madwifi)!

sudo wpa_supplicant -D madwifi -i ath0 -c /etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf

ath0 interface is usually standard in Ubuntu distributions. The configuration file was not changed!

Gentoo and ArchLinux

The following was sent in by Fabio Zöllner. Currently untranslated and in German only.

Mit der untenstehenden Konfiguration konnte ich mich erfolgreich mit dem Fontys Wlan verbinden, getestet ist sie bisher auf meinem Gentoo System und dem Archlinux System von Stephan Herder. Auf beiden Systemen wird man Authentifiziert und bekommt einen Encryption Key zugewiesen. Anfangs hatte ich ein Problem mit der Verbindung so das nur einer von acht Access Points mir eine Authentifizierung und einen Encryption Key gegeben hat dies lag bei mir an den bcm43xx Treibern für meine Boardcom Wlan-Karte die noch nicht ganz ausgereift sind. wpa_supplicant hat mir hier bei fast jedem Access Point den Fehler Association request to the driver failed" ausgegeben. Durch das benutzen von ndiswrapper und den orginal Treibern konnte ich dies jedoch umgehen. Anfangs hatte ich zwischenzeitig auch einmal eine Fehlerausgabe von wpa_supplicant wegen eines Problems mit dem ioctrl device, leider kann ich mich nichtmehr an den genauen Fehler erinnern.

wpa_supplicant.conf (v0.5.7) & shellscript das ich nutze






The script I use to start this is:
wpa_supplicant -i eth1 -c /etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf -D wext -B -dd
wait 5000 #fuer das fontys netzwerk auch was mehr ;)
dhcpcd eth1 -d

Two screen setup with ubuntu 7.04 and one beamer screen 1024x768 plus a desktopscreen of 1920x1200

What i wanted is to have a separate screen for presentation and a local display with my own programs. for instance to show my cheaty notes. My
Pieter van den Hombergh
Last modified: Thu Nov 15 18:43:07 CET 2007