How-To: Intel Wireless 4965 AGN with Ad-Hoc network + WEP

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The Intel wireless card 4965 AGN does not work properly on ad-hoc networks since hardy and kernel 2.6.24 or around, network-manager can’t get it to use the mode ad-hoc and a standard configuration like:

$ sudo iwconfig wlan0 essid myessid mode ad-hoc channel X key s:mykey13charss

$ sudo dhclient wlan0

will fail to get an ip except a long battle at dhclient’ing around.

I managed to get a process to get things working faster.

First of all, you need to deactivate the wireless functionnality of network-manager. Then, use the script attached to this post and edit the variables accordingly to your needs and finally run it.

Please note that by unloading/loading the modules, the module might backtrace/lock your system up and thus you will need to restart your machine. You might want to contribute to this bug: to get things working.

I usually have to run it only once, but by time, I will not get an ip after the script has completed and will need to run it a second time.

This get me working on a dell xps using the following wireless adapter:

$ lspci -s 0c:00.0
0c:00.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation PRO/Wireless 4965 AG or AGN Network Connection (rev 61)

Even though it is tested on an intel 4965 using the kernel module iwl4965:

$ modinfo iwl4965
filename: /lib/modules/2.6.24-19-generic/ubuntu/wireless/iwlwifi/iwlwifi/compatible/iwl4965.ko
license: GPL
author: Copyright(c) 2003-2007 Intel Corporation
version: 1.2.0
description: Intel(R) Wireless WiFi Link 4965AGN driver for Linux
srcversion: BFF70BD669F5E9D76F2C9C1
alias: pci:v00008086d00004230sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
alias: pci:v00008086d00004229sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
depends: iwlwifi_mac80211
vermagic: 2.6.24-19-generic SMP mod_unload 586
parm: antenna:select antenna (1=Main, 2=Aux, default 0 [both]) (int)
parm: disable:manually disable the radio (default 0 [radio on]) (int)
parm: hwcrypto:using hardware crypto engine (default 0 [software])
parm: debug:debug output mask (int)
parm: disable_hw_scan:disable hardware scanning (default 0) (int)
parm: queues_num:number of hw queues. (int)
parm: qos_enable:enable all QoS functionality (int)

I believe this can be applied again iwl3945 as well.

If it gets you sorted with another model of intel card, please leave a comment and I will update the post.

hope this helps!