Wifi Security type (GUI regression)

Scott Kitterman ubuntu at kitterman.com
Mon Feb 4 12:05:11 UTC 2013

pqwoerituytrueiwoq <pqwoerituytrueiwoq at gmail.com> wrote:

>In Ubuntu 10.04 when you connect to a wireless network with encryption 
>you could select the security type, however on 12.10 and variants 
>(except kde) this is no longer there and you have to type a hexadecimal
>key, just like on windows, i always used pass phrase since i can 
>actually remember that
>i realize the option was probably removed to not confuse windows users,
>thus making the ui conform to a windows standard, but this is not 
>windows so why not make it better than windows
>Almost every single DE only lets you use the hexadecimal key now, that 
>was one of my favorite things on linux, i don't have to type a 64/128 
>digit hex key, i can just use my 12 character pass-phrase
>windows, gnome 3, mate, xfce 4, cinnamon, and unity all make you type a
>long key that nobody can remember
>the kde desktop may be the only exception to this, i have not checked 
>lubuntu, but i expect it to be the same as xubunu in that respect
>on xfce i can click connect then cancel and go to edit connections and 
>use my pass phrase from there, i just tried gnome and i can't seem to
>from my router (running tomato firmware):

You're comparing different things.  The WPA U/I still takes a passphrase.  Nothing has changed.  It's been years since I used WEP for anything, but IIRC it's always required the hexadecimal key.

BTW, if you care about security, don't use WEP.

Scott K

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