Ubuntu: Not connecting to WEP enabled Wifi router after update



Question:

I have been using 12.04 on a dual boot Lenovo Thinkpad Edge. Recently the Wi-Fi stopped working on my home network, but still worked on an open network. Other computers in the household, and my ThinkPad, booted off the Windows partition worked fine.

Examining the syslog showed that the computer was able to connect, but was disconnected during the DHCP negotiation.

The wired connection works, so I logged into the router and disabled security. Then the Wi-Fi worked fine. However, leaving the network open is not an option.

Examining /var/log/apt/history.log shows that recently isc-dhcp-common was updated. I suspect that the problem started there.

The bottom line is that with encryption enabled in the router, I cannot connect.

Can anyone suggest what I can do here?

Halldór

Relevant bit of syslog follows.

16:27:33  NetworkManager[807]: <info> (eth1): bringing up device.  16:27:33  NetworkManager[807]: <info> WiFi hardware radio set enabled  16:27:33  NetworkManager[807]: <info> WiFi now enabled by radio killswitch  16:27:33  NetworkManager[807]: <info> (eth1): bringing up device.  16:27:34  NetworkManager[807]: <info> (eth1): supplicant interface state: starting -> ready    16:27:34  NetworkManager[807]: <info> (eth1): device state change: unavailable -> disconnected (reason 'supplicant-available') [20 30 42]    16:27:34  NetworkManager[807]: <info> (eth1): supplicant interface state: ready -> inactive    16:27:34  NetworkManager[807]: <warn> Trying to remove a non-existant call id.  16:27:35  NetworkManager[807]: <info> Auto-activating connection 'Chipie'.  16:27:35  NetworkManager[807]: <info> Activation (eth1) starting connection 'Chipie'  16:27:35  NetworkManager[807]: <info> (eth1): device state change: disconnected -> prepare (reason 'none') [30 40 0]    16:27:35  NetworkManager[807]: <info> Activation (eth1) Stage 1 of 5 (Device Prepare) scheduled...    16:27:35  NetworkManager[807]: <info> Activation (eth1) Stage 1 of 5 (Device Prepare) started...    16:27:35  NetworkManager[807]: <info> Activation (eth1) Stage 2 of 5 (Device Configure) scheduled...    16:27:35  NetworkManager[807]: <info> Activation (eth1) Stage 1 of 5 (Device Prepare) complete.    16:27:35  NetworkManager[807]: <info> Activation (eth1) Stage 2 of 5 (Device Configure) starting...    16:27:35  NetworkManager[807]: <info> (eth1): device state change: prepare -> config (reason 'none') [40 50 0]    16:27:35  NetworkManager[807]: <info> Activation (eth1/wireless): connection 'Chipie' has security, and secrets exist.  No new secrets needed.    16:27:35  NetworkManager[807]: <info> Config: added 'ssid' value 'Chipie'  16:27:35  NetworkManager[807]: <info> Config: added 'scan_ssid' value '1'  16:27:35  NetworkManager[807]: <info> Config: added 'key_mgmt' value 'NONE'  16:27:35  NetworkManager[807]: <info> Config: added 'wep_key0' value '<omitted>'  16:27:35  NetworkManager[807]: <info> Config: added 'wep_tx_keyidx' value '0'  16:27:35  NetworkManager[807]: <info> Activation (eth1) Stage 2 of 5 (Device Configure) complete.  16:27:35  NetworkManager[807]: <info> Config: set interface ap_scan to 1  16:27:35  NetworkManager[807]: <info> (eth1): supplicant interface state: inactive -> scanning  16:27:35  avahi-daemon[809]: Joining mDNS multicast group on interface eth1.IPv6 with address fe80::aed:b9ff:fee2:807d.  16:27:35  avahi-daemon[809]: New relevant interface eth1.IPv6 for mDNS.  16:27:35  avahi-daemon[809]: Registering new address record for fe80::aed:b9ff:fee2:807d on eth1.*.  16:27:36  wpa_supplicant[2352]: Trying to associate with 00:1c:f0:66:23:90 (SSID='Chipie' freq=2412 MHz)  16:27:36  NetworkManager[807]: <info> (eth1): supplicant interface state: scanning -> associating  16:27:36  wpa_supplicant[2352]: Associated with 00:1c:f0:66:23:90  16:27:36  wpa_supplicant[2352]: CTRL-EVENT-CONNECTED - Connection to 00:1c:f0:66:23:90 completed (auth) [id=0 id_str=]  16:27:36  NetworkManager[807]: <info> (eth1): supplicant interface state: associating -> completed  16:27:36  NetworkManager[807]: <info> Activation (eth1/wireless) Stage 2 of 5 (Device Configure) successful.  Connected to wireless network 'Chipie'.  16:27:36  NetworkManager[807]: <info> Activation (eth1) Stage 3 of 5 (IP Configure Start) scheduled.  16:27:36  NetworkManager[807]: <info> Activation (eth1) Stage 3 of 5 (IP Configure Start) started...  16:27:36  NetworkManager[807]: <info> (eth1): device state change: config -> ip-config (reason 'none') [50 70 0]  16:27:36  NetworkManager[807]: <info> Activation (eth1) Beginning DHCPv4 transaction (timeout in 45 seconds)  16:27:36  NetworkManager[807]: <info> dhclient started with pid 8724  16:27:36  NetworkManager[807]: <info> Activation (eth1) Beginning IP6 addrconf.  16:27:36  avahi-daemon[809]: Withdrawing address record for fe80::aed:b9ff:fee2:807d on eth1.  16:27:36  avahi-daemon[809]: Leaving mDNS multicast group on interface eth1.IPv6 with address fe80::aed:b9ff:fee2:807d.  16:27:36  avahi-daemon[809]: Interface eth1.IPv6 no longer relevant for mDNS.  16:27:36  NetworkManager[807]: <info> Activation (eth1) Stage 3 of 5 (IP Configure Start) complete.  16:27:36  dhclient: Internet Systems Consortium DHCP Client 4.1-ESV-R4  16:27:36  dhclient: Copyright 2004-2011 Internet Systems Consortium.  16:27:36  dhclient: All rights reserved.  16:27:36  dhclient: For info, please visit https://www.isc.org/software/dhcp/  16:27:36  dhclient:   16:27:36  NetworkManager[807]: <info> (eth1): DHCPv4 state changed nbi -> preinit  16:27:36  dhclient: Listening on LPF/eth1/08:ed:b9:e2:80:7d  16:27:36  dhclient: Sending on   LPF/eth1/08:ed:b9:e2:80:7d  16:27:36  dhclient: Sending on   Socket/fallback  16:27:36  dhclient: DHCPDISCOVER on eth1 to 255.255.255.255 port 67 interval 3  16:27:37  avahi-daemon[809]: Joining mDNS multicast group on interface eth1.IPv6 with address fe80::aed:b9ff:fee2:807d.  16:27:37  avahi-daemon[809]: New relevant interface eth1.IPv6 for mDNS.  16:27:37  avahi-daemon[809]: Registering new address record for fe80::aed:b9ff:fee2:807d on eth1.*.  16:27:39  dhclient: DHCPDISCOVER on eth1 to 255.255.255.255 port 67 interval 3  16:27:46  dhclient: last message repeated 2 times  16:27:46  kernel: [28901.182673] eth1: no IPv6 routers present  16:27:48  dhclient: DHCPDISCOVER on eth1 to 255.255.255.255 port 67 interval 3  16:27:51  dhclient: DHCPDISCOVER on eth1 to 255.255.255.255 port 67 interval 8  16:27:56  NetworkManager[807]: <info> (eth1): IP6 addrconf timed out or failed.  16:27:56  NetworkManager[807]: <info> Activation (eth1) Stage 4 of 5 (IPv6 Configure Timeout) scheduled...  16:27:56  NetworkManager[807]: <info> Activation (eth1) Stage 4 of 5 (IPv6 Configure Timeout) started...  16:27:56  NetworkManager[807]: <info> Activation (eth1) Stage 4 of 5 (IPv6 Configure Timeout) complete.  16:27:59  dhclient: DHCPDISCOVER on eth1 to 255.255.255.255 port 67 interval 11  16:28:04  NetworkManager[807]: <info> (eth1): device state change: ip-config -> unavailable (reason 'none') [70 20 0]  16:28:04  NetworkManager[807]: <info> (eth1): deactivating device (reason 'none') [0]  16:28:04  NetworkManager[807]: <info> (eth1): canceled DHCP transaction, DHCP client pid 8724  16:28:04  avahi-daemon[809]: Withdrawing address record for fe80::aed:b9ff:fee2:807d on eth1.  16:28:04  avahi-daemon[809]: Leaving mDNS multicast group on interface eth1.IPv6 with address fe80::aed:b9ff:fee2:807d.  16:28:04  avahi-daemon[809]: Interface eth1.IPv6 no longer relevant for mDNS.  16:28:04  NetworkManager[807]: <info> Policy set 'Wired connection 1' (eth0) as default for IPv4 routing and DNS.  16:28:04  NetworkManager[807]: <info> Policy set 'Wired connection 1' (eth0) as default for IPv4 routing and DNS.  16:28:04  NetworkManager[807]: <info> (eth1): taking down device.  

I still haven't figured out how to get this right. In the meantime I can use the wifii with WEP provided I use a fixed IP. I simply checked what numbers are available on the router, and pick one that is unlikely to be picked. Set the dns/mask/gateway and I am all set. Connect without a hitch. Not a satisfactory solution, but a workaround.

-- Halldór


Solution:1

I have faced the same problem before. I am not an expert at this, but have you tried using Edit Connections? May be there is a problem in configuration of the Wifi in Ubuntu. Your internet might work if you fix it. Check the exact configuration used in Windows (shared/open etc). Then use the exact same configuration for Wifi in Ubuntu.


Solution:2

I'm no expert but it looks like it might be a problem with IPv6 addressing. I've experienced a similar problem and fixed it by turning off IPv6. This is, of course, not really a solution to the underlying problem, which would be "why is IPv6 addressing not working?" but it got my wireless working again - might help you as well.

From terminal:

sudo gedit /etc/sysctl.conf

Now add these lines at the end of the sysctl.conf file:

net.ipv6.conf.all.disable_ipv6 = 1

net.ipv6.conf.default.disable_ipv6 = 1

net.ipv6.conf.lo.disable_ipv6 = 1

Save and close, might need to reboot.


Solution:3

Looking at your syslog....

Association succeeds but the DHCP client receives no reply from the DHCP server to its DHCPDISCOVER packets.

Check your DHCP server configuration: is it set up to reject unknown MAC addresses and is your Wi-Fi interface's MAC address listed?


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