Automatically reconnect to hidden Wi-Fi network

John Hupp lubuntu at
Mon Apr 28 22:40:56 UTC 2014

On 4/28/2014 6:37 PM, John Hupp wrote:
> On a Lenovo 3000 laptop with an integrated Broadcom network adapter, I 
> installed firmware-b43-installer and then successfully connected to my 
> hidden (SSID not broadcast) WiFi net.
> But I see that it will not automatically reconnect.  I don't have to 
> re-enter the password, but I do have to click the nm-applet indicator, 
> choose 'Connect to Hidden Wi-Fi Network' and then choose my 
> already-defined connection, which indeed has been saved but not used 
> to automatically reconnect.
> If I edit the connection, I see that on the General tab it is already 
> set to 'Automatically connect to this network when it is available.'
> The only way I have gotten this to work is to enable SSID Broadcast 
> (which most users probably do, even though disabling SSID Broadcast is 
> a common security recommendation).
> Dual-booting this same laptop with Windows Vista, I see that Windows 
> knows how to automatically reconnect to the hidden net.
> In case there is a startup timing issue of some sort, I see that my 
> laptop's wireless radio LED doesn't light until the Plymouth splash 
> screen appears.
> Can I edit something to make this work?
I should have added that this is on Trusty.

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