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Hi,
I installed clearOS today. After the reboot, I'm unable to figure how to connect my clearOS to my wifi. I can't use a ethernet, in this case the box is far of my computer and I was expecting to propose to deploy a computer with clearOS at my job, here again I can't plug ethernet, it's a big open space...

I'm using linux everyday. Not afraid of the console line or whatsoever. ClearOS is not a typical linux, so tell me the options I have.

Thx!
Saturday, October 06 2018, 01:25 AM
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    Friday, May 17 2019, 03:15 PM - #Permalink
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    You've got it backwards.
    The server can basically be put anywhere that your network can be made to reach. It's just a headless PC with no screen, keyboard or mouse.
    If there is already WiFi access to the network you could just put ClearOS near an Ethernet socket and plug the Ethernet wire in. You take ClearOS to where your Ethernet socket is, that's why I say you have it backwards.

    However if there is no possibility of plugging the Ethernet into the ClearOS then you can do WiFi in the following way. You will need what is sold as a WiFi booster. You WiFi this into your Wireless network as per it's instructions. You then run the Ethernet wire from ClearOS into the booster.

    Here is one;
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/WiFi-Blast-Wireless-Repeater-Wi-Fi-Range-Extender-300Mbps-WifiBlast-Amplifier-UK/273818260523?hash=item3fc0d7142b:g:uicAAOSwGrVcoy-B

    Notice it has an Ethernet port, this is essential. It's not the type which sends signals over the mains, it's just a WiFi device.
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    Friday, May 17 2019, 03:50 PM - #Permalink
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    Hi Wayland Sothcott
    I was not expecting an answer anymore...
    I've put clearOS in a virtual machine. Then I was able to bind the vm ethernet interface to the wifi host interface. Anyway, I gave up clearOS for now, but I will certainly being back with a docker made by the guys from WikiSuite project.
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    Friday, May 17 2019, 04:26 PM - #Permalink
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    It is a pity, but ClearOS used to support a Wireless WAN, albeit only with a (very) insecure WEP configuration. You can, of course, still do it all manually, but a cheap WiFi extender with an Ethernet NIC is much easier ...... or powerline.
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    Friday, May 17 2019, 05:53 PM - #Permalink
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    nicoo wrote:

    Hi Wayland Sothcott
    I was not expecting an answer anymore...
    I've put clearOS in a virtual machine. Then I was able to bind the vm ethernet interface to the wifi host interface. Anyway, I gave up clearOS for now, but I will certainly being back with a docker made by the guys from WikiSuite project.


    Hello Nicoo, I was doing my bit for the community and answering questions where I could. ClearOS definitely makes getting a server going a lot easier leaving you with a server that's easy to manage. Better stil one my clients can manage. However to get tricky things done we do have to drop into the shell prompt and tinker there.

    This was one of those jobs that can be done all from Web UI both on ClearOS and Linksys and WiFi booster. In fact those boosters are so easy to use now you've just got to press the WPS buttons on router and booster and it does the rest.

    It's a shame they took WiFi control out of ClearOS but really it's not the place for it.
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    Friday, May 17 2019, 08:19 PM - #Permalink
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    It was not my decision to remove the app-wireless from the marketplace. It was a collaborative project to which I contributed the backend spec and others completed the front end UI bits. If you are interested, I can help you get it going and perhaps we can resurrect the front-end from the dead now that I have some resources to redo frontends.

    The code is still there and you can download the elements from command line with:

    yum install app-wireless

    Now, if your wireless card supports master mode then you will need to use the hostapd functions but the wpa-supplicant is sufficient for client-side access. There are some things that we might be able to do as well with another experimental app that I'm releasing soon.
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    Friday, May 17 2019, 09:32 PM - #Permalink
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    HI Dave, that will work for AP mode but you have to configure IP settings by hand as that was removed from the webconfig. In the case of the OP here, I think he wanted to use the WiFi as his WAN connection. This was also covered by the IP Settings screen, but only gave you 802.11g with WEP, so not too fast and not very secure
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    Sunday, May 19 2019, 04:51 AM - #Permalink
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    That is true, you have to configure things by hand. The wpa-supplicant method is how you can get this working:

    https://wiki.centos.org/HowTos/Laptops/WpaSupplicant
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