Wi-Fi Problems with CloudBook

We finally got past the set up process on our CloudBook and the next problem we encountered was simply getting online. Neither the printed quick setup guide nor the setup program help you configure wireless networking. I admit to not having used a recent version of Gnome so I had no idea where to go to find the wireless setup.After clicking various icons on the screen, I figured out that the icon in the upper right corner controls the wireless. Our office router has WEP encryption, but unfortunately we couldn’t get onto our network, despite trying all four WEP settings. Finally, we gave up and logged into an insecure router we detected in our building. Even that took a couple of tries. At first glance, it looked like the CloudBook did not have WPA encryption as an option, because it’s not listed as an option when you click on the wireless icon. WPA and WPA2 do show up on the list of options when you navigate to System>Administration>Network.

CloudBook Wi-Fi


Avram Piltch
Avram Piltch
The official Geeks Geek, as his weekly column is titled, Avram Piltch has guided the editorial and production of Laptopmag.com since 2007. With his technical knowledge and passion for testing, Avram programmed several of LAPTOP's real-world benchmarks, including the LAPTOP Battery Test. He holds a master’s degree in English from NYU.
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  1. tehChad Says:

    In regular ubuntu under System>Administration>Network is where you can configure your wireless. I could never get roaming mode to work with WEP; maybe that’s the same problem you’re having. Manual configuration should fix it.

  2. ant Says:

    Looks good, interesting to see the full gnome menu at the top.

    What wireless security options does it show? I know I connect to my wpa network on my ubuntu Eee PC without actually -selecting- wpa… odd, but works.

  3. Matt Says:

    Yes, Gnome Network-Manager in Ubuntu has always had and continues to have major problems with WEP encryption. Do a search of the Ubuntu forums for “WEP” and you’ll see the number of complaints. As far as I can tell, the only solution is to get rid of Network-Manager and use WPA supplicant on the command line. I’d like to see the “masses” at whom this computer is directed do that.

    When I heard that Everex was ditching Elightenment for Gnome, I thought to myself, this is going to be a real last-minute hack-job. Really, the only way to go, it seems, is to do a lot of careful, in-house customization (e.g., the EEE PC’s reconfiguration of Xandros).

    Just slapping GNOME onto the laptop as is = recipe for disaster.

  4. Piton Says:

    I’m really about this thing but gOS is a deal braker for me. I think I’ll go for eee.

  5. Mike Cane Says:

    Did all of you go to lunch? The entire frikkin WWW is waiting for updates!!

  6. gork Says:

    Network Manager has issues at times. I suggest looking into wicd before doing it manually. You’ll save ALOT of headaches.

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