Configuring wireless under RaspberryPi xbmc

Here are the instructions to configure a wireless (belkin).

Most of the instructions were found in the reference [1] but I got some issues with the wicd-curses installation, for which there is a solution later in this post.

First, follow these commands:

  • Exit XBMC. (bottom button)
  • Log into the terminal by typing your username and password for the media center user.
  • Type sudo apt-get update
  • Type sudo apt-get install wicd-curses

Here, I got some errors related to dbus. Here is the relevant part of the error message:

I was able to fix this error by typing:

Then,

You may get this error message after the last command:

You can fix it by playing with the services:

Now try again to start the wicd-curses interface and configure the wireless network. The interface is not brilliant but you should be able to figure out how to navigate within it.

  • Use the arrow keys to highlight the wireless network you want to connect to and press the right cursor key to configure it.
  • Scroll down and check ‘Automatically connect to this network’.
  • Scroll down to the bottom and enter the wireless key. Press enter to select different protocol (WPA, WPE, …)
  • Press F10 to save. You should be back at the list of networks with your network highlighted.
  • Press shift and C to connect to the network.
  • Wait a while and check the status in the bottom left corner. Once it works, press q to quit.
  • Type sudo reboot

References [1] http://www.cenobite.eu/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=64:how-to-enable-wireless&catid=35:xbmc-live

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