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Bug 85419 - Poor wifi connection with WEP enabled
Summary: Poor wifi connection with WEP enabled
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: kernel
Version: 9
Hardware: i386
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Arjan van de Ven
QA Contact: Brian Brock
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2003-03-01 19:31 UTC by Charles
Modified: 2007-04-18 16:51 UTC (History)
1 user (show)

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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2004-09-30 15:40:35 UTC

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Description Charles 2003-03-01 19:31:30 UTC
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User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:1.3a) Gecko/20021207

Description of problem:
I had this same problem with RH 8.0 and it's still present in Phoebe...

I've got a Dell CPx-500 laptop and an Orinoco Silver wifi 801.11b pcmcia card
with 64 bit WEP encryption.

With WEP enabled, I can surf to one, maybe two sites.  Then my connection bogs
down and I can't connect to any other sites.  I don't get any error messages,
but the Mozilla spinner just spins and nothing happens like it's trying to connect.

However, when I turn off WEP, my connection flies and there's no problems.  I
know this is not a hardware problem b/c I've tested it on some other distros and
my wifi connection works just fine, with WEP enabled.

There is something going on with either the RH kernel, the orinoco_cs module, or
something that's causing this wifi connection to get clogged up when WEP is enabled.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1.  Set up Orinoco silver pcmcia wifi card, turn on WEP
2.  Connect to websites

Actual Results:  I can connect to one or two sites, then connection clogs up.

Expected Results:  Connection should be nice and clean, even with WEP enabled.

Additional info:

Comment 1 Bugzilla owner 2004-09-30 15:40:35 UTC
Thanks for the bug report. However, Red Hat no longer maintains this version of
the product. Please upgrade to the latest version and open a new bug if the problem

The Fedora Legacy project ( maintains some older releases, 
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