Why can't connect to public wifi? Why only 1 wifi net profile

Nils Kassube kassube at gmx.net
Fri Nov 23 09:49:13 UTC 2007

Florida Flasher wrote:
> I am running Kubuntu Gutsy Gibbon 7.10 on a Dell Latitude with its
> internal Wifi card.  Using Network Settings - System Settings, I have
> it configured at home for my Wifi A/P with the ESSID set and the WEP
> key set.  This works fine everytime.
> The problem is when I go to a place that has an open access network,
> such as my computer club, or the hospital, etc.  It will NOT connect to
> the open A/P at these locations.  Even if I change the configuration to
> the different ESSID, and remove the WEP key, it will still not connect.
> 1)  Why will it not connect?
> This is really a pain, since I have to re-enter the hex key when I
> return home.  It seems like there should be a way to keep two
> configuration profiles, perhaps using the Network Profiles tab, but
> when I then go to the Network Interfaces tab, there is only one.
> 2)  Why can I not have more than 1 Network Interface associated with
> different Network Profiles?

Sorry, I can't answer your questions about network profiles because I am 
not familiar with network settings. I suggest you try Knetworkmanager 
instead. Then you can configure several wifi networks and Knetworkmanager 
selects the one available.

Install package knetworkmanager if necessary. Then go to K-menu -> 
Internet -> KNetworkmanager. It will install in the system tray. Right 
click on the icon and select "Connect to Other Wireless Network...". Then 
setup the connection for your present location. Use the same procedure at 
your next location. You don't have to select any network profiles when 
you return to the first location - Knetworkmanager connects to the 
network available.


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