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Old 7th February 2014, 04:08 AM
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Fedora 20: Unable to connect to secure wireless networks

Alright, I am very new to Linux. Fedora is my distro of choice after lots of virtual machines (love dat UI), and I got around to installing it as my sole OS about a week back.

When I did that, Fedora would not recognize any of my network cards...

So, I borrowed a WLAN card from my buddy, popped it in, and it works... Sort of?

I can connect to unsecured networks without any issues. However, unsecured networks are for crazy people, crazies I tell you! To be fair, I'm not sure if I can connect to WEP or WPA networks. I do know that WPA2 does not want to work.

I have researched and tried everything I could understand in regards to this. The biggest issue seems to be ipv6 in Network Manager. Disabled it, no dice.

I would switch to another manager, but as demonic as Network Manager seems to be, it is integrated nicely into the OS. So alternate managers are a no-go.

Just to be clear, my network card works. TP-LINK TL-WN851N is the model number, if that is relevant. Since it can connect to unsecured networks, I will assume that it isn't a driver issue. I could be wrong.

Any help is appreciated and if you need more info, just tell me what commands to do or what conf files to copypaste the contents of.

My experience with Fedora has been absolutely terrible outside of Virtualbox, but... DAT UI ;-;
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Old 7th February 2014, 11:33 PM
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Re: Fedora 20: Unable to connect to secure wireless networks

... to connect to secure networks, you need passphrases to authenticate that you are allowed on them. Assume you just forgot to mention that you have those keys to the one's you're trying to join ...
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Old 7th February 2014, 11:35 PM
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Re: Fedora 20: Unable to connect to secure wireless networks

I really, really thought that would be assumed. Of course one needs a passphrase/key to connect to a secured network.
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Old 8th February 2014, 12:27 AM
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Re: Fedora 20: Unable to connect to secure wireless networks

It's quite possibly a problem with NetworkManager. I have a page on troubleshooting, to see if it is NM. However, you've said alternatives are no-go, so not sure if it's worth mentioning. If you feel it's worth testing

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