Automatically reconnect to hidden Wi-Fi network

John Hupp lubuntu at
Tue Apr 29 00:35:49 UTC 2014

On 4/28/2014 7:11 PM, Israel wrote:
> On 04/28/2014 05:40 PM, John Hupp wrote:
>> 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.
> Hi,
> I am not at my Lubuntu Box right now, so I can't just check... does
> Lubuntu use wicd or network-manager?
> I think this bug was solved for network-manager so it should 'just work'
> You should look in synaptic to see if you have wicd or network-manager
> installed.
> If you have wicd, remove that and install network-manager and go from there.
> It seems to me that Lubuntu uses network-manager though...
> Also, some wireless cards take a while to connect to a network (a couple
> of minutes even).
> One of my computers connects almost instantly.  One of the computers I
> had, I had to wait and wait and wait, or turn off the wifi and turn it
> on again to give it a kick start.
> It was a b43 (broadcom) chipset... so you may just have to be patient.
> But, this is GNU/Linux there is always a way to get something to work.

It uses network-manager.

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