WPA in kubuntu

Hamish captainmish at gmail.com
Wed Jul 26 09:23:44 UTC 2006

On Tuesday 25 July 2006 21:54, Jonathan Byrne wrote:
> My googling of this problem indicated that knetworkmanager does not
> support WPA, so I googled up howtos on wpa_supplicant and got that
> working. It also seemed that if it was done through knetworkmanager,
> you'd have no connectivity unless and until KDE was up, even if
> knetworkmanager did support WPA.

Networkmanager does in fact support WPA (meaning the frontend does). I'm using 
it on my laptop with an intel 2200 wireless nic and it makes life a lot 
easier: Plugged in to a wire, it detects and uses it, and I can choose from a 
dropdown list what wlan I want to connect to - easy. One thing that was not 
that obvious was that I needed to comment out everything 
in /etc/network/interfaces, apart from:
auto lo
iface lo inet loopback
After that, fire it up and off it goes. I think there will be no connection 
until kde is fired up though, because I have chosen to store all the WPA 
passphrases in kwallet, so this has to open before it knows them. This is no 
big deal for most laptop users, as you will be wanting a desktop to work on. 
If its for a box that needs to be connected without a desktop, or as some 
kind of server, you probably want to just start 
hacking /etc/network/interfaces with wpa_supplicant.
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