Asus EeePC 701 4GB Xandros WPA


Feel free to ignore the alphabetic soup in the title.

I’d been bugging everyone I know with a netbook for a few months now. We bought a very slightly used one before our trip to Berlin, but oddly, I couldn’t get the wireless networking working in the hotel (though it was working at home on our WEP-secured network). Then we took it with us to Budapest, and it was working at the free wireless network cafe at the Nürnberg Hbf…but not on the WPA-secured network at the hotel.

We got back from Budapest last week. Took the netbook over to Matthias and Tammy’s for dinner last night, hoping to figure out why it would work on our wireless network at home, but apparently no one elses’.

Today some googling helped me find my answer: the drivers supplied for the on-board Atheros WLAN card don’t work (entirely)!

Follow the advice here ( to get rid of the default drivers and install replacement ones. Worked for me. I switched over our network here at home to WPA. After replacing the drivers, I can connect to our WPA-PSK-secured network. This post is the proof.

Can’t wait to take it over to Tammy & Matthias’ place (or another wifi hotspot with WPA security) to verify.

3 thoughts on “Asus EeePC 701 4GB Xandros WPA”

  1. Snooker68

    Possibly the reason why you were able to buy it used and cheap… the former owner couldn’t get it to work.

    Yea for you!

  2. Tammy

    Is that why you ignored us all evening while typing on your computer and then stalked outside of our apartment the next evening? :-)

  3. cliff1976

    Just as a follow-up: I ditched Xandros in favor of the Ubuntu Netbook Remix a few months ago and the drivers that come with that do both WEP and WPA/WPA2 just fine. I can recommend switching over to Ubuntu / GNOME for this model of netbook, but I wonder if something even lighter weight (lightweighter?) might be appropriate for this tiny 7″ viewable screen. A lot of dialog boxes in GNOME are not fully visible on its screen. Not sure if that would be better or the same with the Kubuntu Netbook Remix (using KDE instead of GNOME) or something even (visibly) “smaller” — like maybe eeeXubuntu.

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