Ad-hoc wireless... Help?

Gilboa Davara gilboad at
Sat Jul 26 13:32:15 UTC 2008

On Thu, 2008-07-24 at 13:25 +0300, Gilboa Davara wrote:
> Hello all,
> I'm trying to setup a temporary ad-hoc wireless connection between my
> firewall (CentOS5) and my laptop. (F9, NM disabled)
> The wireless connection will sit on the "red" side of the firewall (and
> will be disabled most of the time), so passphrase security should be OK.
> (At least for now)
> As far as I could gather (By using google), I should issue
> (more-or-less) the same commands on both ends.
> E.g.:
> FW: (rt61)
> $ ifconfig ra0 up
> $ iwconfig ra0 channel 11 rate 11M key XXXXXXXXXX essid name
> Notebook: (Intel chipset)
> $ ifconfig wlan0 up
> $ iwconfig wlan0 channel 11 rate 11M key XXXXXXXXXX essid name
> Ping doesn't work; ARP doesn't resolve IPs.
> What am I doing wrong?
> - Gilboa
> P.S. AFAIK the rt61 driver doesn't support Master mode, so I cannot
> setup an AP and I rather not use a permanent wireless AP.

Problem seems to be a known issue with iwl4965 and the latest Fedora 8/9 kernels.

Please ignore.

- Gilboa

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