From: Jean Tourrilhes <jt@bo...> - 2000-11-18 00:50:23
As you may have noticed on the list, I've been playing today
with an Aironet card. The card is now very happy talking to a Wavelan
Access Point with 128 bit WEP on under Linux.
However, there is two details that really did frustrated me
when I was installing under Win98. I'm glad you were not litening to
me :-( I hope you will pass the info to your QA team...
1) The password for the Client Encryption Manager
After filling the info in the driver property tab (and a few
reboots), I realise that I must run the tool to configure my WEP
key. Okey, dokey, I start it.
And then, it asks me a password. Which password ?
Is there an help button there ? No, no... So, it must be
I try return - nope.
I try my encryption key - no luck.
I look in the documentation - hmm... Not much there.
After looking on the hard drive, I find the WepKey.hlp. After
a bit of navigation, I did manage to find the answer.
So, either I'm totally stupid for not guessing first time, or
your user interface + documentation, well...
Suggestion : no password by default, enabled only if user
2) Enabling encryption
So, having managed to crack in the CEM, I put my WEP key,
press OK. It downloads the key to the card, perfect.
Then, I try my connection : I still can't connect to the AP.
Hum, I guess that I need to enable encryption somewhere, as if
it can't guess by itself that if I put an encryption key, I may want
Ok, so I look the form, the menus, the help. No luck. Can't
find the option to enable encryption anywhere in the tool.
Try to set the key a couple of times. No changes.
Look into the driver property tab, reboot a couple of
times. No luck.
Somebody at Cisco must have decided that after setting an
encryption key, the *least* likely thing you want to do is enable
Then, after navigating in the Aironet Client Utility, I manage
to find buried in the menus the relevant option in the corner of
form. Wow, very obvious !
Suggestion : allow to enable encryption and authentication
also directly from the Client Encryption Tool, just where it makes
Don't get me wrong, your hardware and tools have definitely
some interesting advantages compared to some other 802.11 products
that I tried. That's why those details are annoying...
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