Connecting to wireless networks
Haiku has growing support for connecting to wireless (Wi-Fi, 802.11) networks and currently supports connecting to unencrypted, WEP encrypted and WPA encrypted wireless networks. However, because WEP encrypted wireless networks are not very secure, it is recommended that you configure your router and Haiku to use WPA.
- Haiku R1 Alpha 4 (R1A4) or later
- A supported 802.11 wireless network device
The firmware installer
Some wireless network cards require binary firmware modules to operate. Haiku cannot include some of these proprietary firmware files due to licensing issues. Haiku does however include an easy script which will retrieve and install all of the needed proprietary bits for you. Generally if you are planning to use wireless networking it is a good idea to run this to ensure your system has all the proprietary network code it might need.
- Open the Haiku Terminal
- Type install-wifi-firmwares.sh Enter
- Review the licenses and accept them to install all of the available firmware files
Haiku has support for accessing wireless networks via WEP encryption keys and WPA encryption keys. WEP is an old encryption method that is not the most secure. Therefore it is recommended that you use WPA.
Below are a few examples of connecting to a wireless network named wifitopia. For these examples we are assuming your Wi-Fi network card is /dev/net/iprowifi3945/0. All commands have to be exexcuted in the Haiku Terminal.
Listing wireless networks:
ifconfig /dev/net/iprowifi3945/0 list
Joining WEP or WPA secured wireless network using an ascii password:
ifconfig /dev/net/iprowifi3945/0 join wifitopia mypassword
Joining WEP or WPA secured wireless network using a 64-bit hex password:
ifconfig /dev/net/iprowifi3945/0 join wifitopia 0x4010FABEEF
WEP encryption keys are password strings used to identify one's self to a wireless network and to encrypt data sent to the wireless network. A WEP password key can be a fixed length string or hexadecimal number.
- 64-bit WEP uses a 40-bit key, which means 5 text characters or 10 hex digits
- 128-bit WEP uses a 104-bit key, which means 13 text characters or 26 hex digits
- hexadecimal digits = characters 0-9 and A through F (prepended with "0x" in ifconfig)
WPA encryption keys
WPA encryption keys don't have a fixed length. For security's sake, a minimum of 8 characters is recommended, however.
Leaving a wireless network:
ifconfig /dev/net/iprowifi3945/0 leave wifitopia
This doesn't work WPA yet!