Zhong Jiang

How do I set up network interface on Debian?

18 Oct 2012
Debian 6.06
Firefox 16
18 Oct 2012 | Debian 6.06 | Firefox 16

After performing a minimum install, there are variety of hardware/driver problems. But the most critical issue of all, is the WiFi. At first, I cannot seem to find a GUI, since it’s not installed from the base and later I learn that it must be configured through the .conf file.

As a previous Windows user, this is very strange to me, so I went ahead to do some research, but it quickly fell short. I’ve looked at some examples from blogs and tried to modify mine according to their guidelines, but when I restart the service, there were no dhcp persistent lease database or bound to 192.168.1.9. Here’s the /etc/network/interface,

# This file describes the network interfaces available on your system
# and how to activate them. For more information, see interfaces(5).

# The loopback network interface
auto lo
iface lo inet loopback

# The primary network interface
auto eth0
iface eth0 inet static
address 192.168.1.9
netmask 255.255.255.0
network 192.168.1.0
gateway 192.168.1.1
broadcast 192.168.1.255

# Wireless Interface
auto wlan0
iface wlan0 inet dhcp
wpa-ssid “SSID”
wpa-key-mgmt WPA-PSK
wpa-group TKIP CCMP
wpa-psk YOYR-PASSWORD-HERE

Hardware information:
Qualcomm Atheros AR9285
Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller

When I use the ethernet cable, it works, but does not indicate anything within Debian that internet access has been connected vice versa.

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