Autostart a WLAN Card

Brad De Vries devriesbj at
Fri Sep 16 18:25:27 UTC 2005

On 9/16/05, Derek Broughton <news at> wrote:
> Brad De Vries wrote:
> > Hey all, I have Kubuntu 5.04 on an IBM ThinkPad with a PCMCIA Proxim
> > wireless NIC (uses Atheros chipset.)  Is there anything that will
> > allow ath0 initialize automatically during boot?  I'm hoping for
> > something that would scan for available networks, attempt to connect
> > to each one until either it's successful or it runs out of available
> > networks.
> >
> > KWiFiManager is setup but it doesn't seem to auto-connect as expected.
> I'm upset about that.  I understand that there are security issues with just
> connecting to an external system, but it makes no sense at all that
> KWiFiManager would fail to connect to some network authorized by root.
> >  Even after the system boots and I login, there is no wifi connection
> > available.  I have to either go into the configuration editor and
> > click "Activate" or enable it manually before it works.
> whereami is working for me ... sometimes.
> I still haven't debugged why it doesn't always finish with the "ifup
> eth1=home" command, but I suspect that it's only because I'm running a
> 1000' link to the router in the next building, from a laptop with no
> external antenna, and it just doesn't see the router long enough for the
> DHCP dialog to work.
> --
> derek

Derek, thanks for the note on "whereami".  I never noticed that package before.


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