Internet connection via Wifi

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by JonaHex » Mon Jan 07, 2013 9:29 am
Hi All,

I recently started playing with the Raspberry Pi, I started up and all is well but I don’t have access to a Ethernet connection at the time. I bought the Edimax wlan dongle and want to connect to a mobile hotspot / or a friends wifi router. The problem I have is the edimax is configured and connected as I can see when on the status and on ifconfig but I still don’t have internet access.

Any ideas on what it could be/
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by Mobius » Tue Jan 08, 2013 1:48 am
Try sudo iwconfig and see if you have the correct SSID and password. It should also show a MAC address next to "Access Point". If it says "Not Associated" then you don't have a connection.
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by mango » Tue Jan 08, 2013 4:34 am
So how does one connect to it then? I am trying to connect to my wifi which was WPA2 security passkey, I can find the network, but not sure how to connect, enter my passkey etc...?

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by Forris » Tue Jan 08, 2013 6:50 am
If you have used the 'startx' command and are talking to your Pi using the GUI (the page with the big raspberry in the middle and a few icons around), there should be an icon on the screen call 'WiFi Setup'.Use this as the easiest method to setup your connection.
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by mango » Tue Jan 08, 2013 7:48 am
Nah I'm talking about command line, not via startx.

I can only have my keyboard and wifi dongle plugged in at once, no mouse, so no point trying to use the GUI anyway. I have a USB hub but not powered, so it can only run one thing off it, so it's still 2 USB slots effectively, so looking for a CLI solution to connecting to WPA2 Wifi, have tried using wpa_suppllicant, but not sure where or if it saves the file when I do wpa_passphrase XXX XXX.
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by Jim JKla » Tue Jan 08, 2013 7:59 am
You only have to use startx once to set up the connection once you have the connection the RPi connects.

Case study here.
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by Chapindad » Tue Jan 08, 2013 9:58 pm
Sounds like a routing issue.

Post your: /etc/network/interfaces
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by Mobius » Wed Jan 09, 2013 12:40 am
Yup. /etc/network/interfaces is where you manually set up your ethernet and wireless devices.
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by Lonewolff » Wed Jan 09, 2013 3:33 am
This is how I got my WIFI up and running via the command line.

Type sudo nano /etc/network/interfaces

Add these lines

auto wlan0
iface wlan0 inet manual
wpa-roam /etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf
iface default inet dhcp

Save and exit

Type sudo nano /etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf

add the following


Save and exit, then sudo reboot
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by JonaHex » Wed Jan 09, 2013 8:17 am
Thank you to all to comments.

I can detect the network but it seems not to be connecting.

Event list in the WIFI setup app says = associated request to driver failed?

Any ideas on what I can do to get this working
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