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I'm trying to connect to my router but having no luck. I'm just missing some simple probably one line of code that I cant find anywhere.

If I write iwlist wlan0 scan, it shows over 20+ networks that I can connect to so my wireless card is definitely set up correctly. For example, I want to connect to a WPA network called "herroprease" with password "wearechinesepeople", so I type

iwconfig wlan0 essid herroprease key s:wearechinesepeople
dhclient wlan0

However, when I ping (my router) it says that it can't connect. I've heard that to connect to WPA networks there are extra commands you have to give to bash with wpa_supplicant. Is that so? I'm looking for the simplest easy to understand code to get online. Thanks for any help!

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+1 but voted to move to superuser –  sehe Dec 19 '11 at 14:27
Maybe you can try wicd. Using the command line to setup wifi on Linux is always difficult for me. –  cyfdecyf Dec 19 '11 at 14:36
im determined to learn command line! :) im running debian squeeze in text only mode cos i want to learn how to do everything by command line. Wifi connection is proving tough tho >.< –  james Dec 19 '11 at 14:38
Then refer to Debian's wiki, first configure it by modifying /etc/network/interfaces. If that succeeds, study the differences of the iwconfig output before and after. –  cyfdecyf Dec 19 '11 at 14:55

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For the benefit of all who read this and need help. my solution was wpa_supplicant since the network I was trying to connect to was WPA2.

My code was as follows:

iwconfig wlan0 essid herroprease key s:wearechinesepeople
wpa_supplicant -Dwext -iwlan0 -B -c/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf

your wpa_supplicant.conf file simply needs to contain

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As cyfdecyf pointed out in comments, Debian's Wiki contains the information you're looking for, at least for setting up a persistant connection in the /etc/network/interfaces file.

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