wireless roaming

Patton Echols p.echols at comcast.net
Wed May 7 06:29:51 UTC 2008

On 05/04/2008 10:20 AM, Ed Jabbour wrote:
> Wireless networking is set up via /etc/network/interfaces.  It works fine, 
> unless I visit the local coffee shop - different network, so it's a real pain 
> to set up.  There must be an easier way - something that lists all available 
> networks and asks "which one do you want?" .  I use kde and have tried 
> knetworkmanager, kwifimanager and wireless assistant.  None of them does 
> that - w/o a connection, no networks are listed.  Any advice, pointers, etc. 
> appreciated.    

Hmmm, I don't use KDE and don't know if knetworkmanager is the same as 
NetworkManager.  I use NM and it works just as you suggest.  Click on 
the Icon and it sees all the available networks.  It did take some 
fiddling, For example, everything in /etc/network/interfaces needs to be 
commented out except the loopback items.  Here is what mine looks like:
patton at Mycroft:/$ cat /etc/network/interfaces
auto lo
iface lo inet loopback

#iface eth0 inet dhcp

#auto eth1
#iface eth1 inet dhcp
 . . .

It also needed wpa-supplicant installed.  Though if memory serves, it 
does not need to be configured.  And of course keyring manager to save 
the various keys on private networks.  But pretty easy really.

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