I am trying to get the wireless networking working on Fedora installed into my HP dv9000 laptop when I ran into this error. The problem was caused because the system was trying to set the wireless mode to be AUTO instead of MANAGED. Update: I ran the iwlist command and found out the information that I needed to get the wireless connection working.
[root@localhost network-scripts]# /sbin/iwlist wlan0 scan wlan0 Scan completed : Cell 01 - Address: 00:16:B6:1F:2B:CC ESSID:"ECLECTIC_CONSULTING" Mode: Master Channel: 6 Frequency:2.437 GHz (Channel 6) Quality=100/100 Signal level=-33 dBm Noise level=-96 dBm Encryption key:on Bit Rates:1 Mb/s; 2 Mb/s; 5.5 Mb/s; 11 Mb/s; 18 Mb/s 24 Mb/s; 36 Mb/s; 54 Mb/s; 6 Mb/s; 9 Mb/s 12 Mb/s; 48 Mb/s Extra:tsf=000000007b651a75The important bits are bolded - the ESSID, Mode, and Channel. Use the system-config-network command to set the properties of the wlan0 connection. I'm publishing this blog from my laptop via a wireless connection so I know my system is now working correctly.