Automatic reconnect to wireless network

Derek Broughton news at
Sun Jul 20 02:29:47 BST 2008

O. Sinclair wrote:

> Donn wrote:
>> On Friday, 18 July 2008 18:47:19 Derek Broughton wrote:
>>> This is true.  Network manager doesn't understand the use of multiple
>>> concurrent interfaces
>> Does 'network manager' mean a gui thing (my laptop runs Ubuntu) or is it
>> some lower-level thing? It seems weird that it can't handle eth0 and
>> wireless at the same time -- even Windoze can do it!
> this seems to be hardware dependent from my experience. In my Dell I can
> use both (or rather the computer is aware of both even if a cable is in
> the wired socket or not) while on an HP I installed a couple of weeks
> only one is active - and the wireless simply "disappears" when you
> insert a cable.

It shouldn't be hardware - it should be a matter of whether you have the
wired interface defined in /etc/network/interfaces.  If it isn't, it's
handled by Network manager, which is only going to handle one interface at
a time.  If it is, network manager will ignore it.

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