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I have done the follow steps.

  • sudo ifconfig wlan0 up

  • sudo iwlist wlan0 scan (I see my access point without problem)


  • sudo iwconfig wlan0 essid MY_ESSID key s:MY_PASSWORD

I get the follow error:

 Error for wireless request "Set
 Encode" (8B2A) :
     SET failed on device wlan0 ; Invalid argument.

I used s: because I want to pass and ASCII password.

What is the error?

Thank you!

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Are you trying to connect to an access point which is advertising wpa-psk/wpa2-psk? If you trying to use a wep passphrase, try doing it with your interface down. –  freethinker May 19 '11 at 16:07
is wpa2-psk.... is iwconfig no good for it ? –  Dail May 19 '11 at 16:09
no, you will have to use wpa_supplicant to connect to a wpa2-psk AP –  freethinker May 19 '11 at 16:11

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Since you're trying to connect to an AP advertising WPA2-PSK, you will have to use wpa_supplicant.

There are GUI frontend apps to connect, you could try wicd or networkmanager.

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