Wireless setup with Ubuntu

Raseel Bhagat raseelbhagat at gmail.com
Thu Apr 2 03:47:42 UTC 2009

On Thu, Apr 2, 2009 at 3:15 AM, Karl Larsen <klarsen1 at gmail.com> wrote:

> The only successful wireless I have ever had is with my 8.10 on my
> laptop. Even this is quite hard to get right because there are now 3
> strong wireless signals in my room.
> What happens first when you boot up is a panel that will not go away
> until I give it my password.

The Keyring Manager can be quite irritating, but it works quite seamlessly
once you have all the correct passwords in it.

> Then the network-manager tries to connect
> to the first strong wireless but of course it fails because we have the
> wrong password.
> After a while it quits and then tries the next strong wireless signal
> with the same wrong password. Panels with the information for each
> wireless signal will be displayed and all I can do is click on "OK" or
> "Cancel". Or I can put a different password in.
> Now it just quits sending panels and I can click on the two tiny
> computers and get a list of the wireless signals I am receiving. This is
> VERY important! On Ubuntu that are not going to be able to use wireless,
> you click on the computers and you see no wireless listed. This bodes
> poor for that system.

This is strange. My NetworkManager NEVER tried connecting to each and every
SSID on it's own.
I work in a Networking company and there are about 50 SSIDs in my room
alone. It NM did that for every SSID, I would have been
complaining long back.

Having said that, since I do a lot of Wifi unit testing, I know that NM's
wireless aspect is not too great.
I prefer wicd to NM, but then if you use VPN (Ipsec and PPTP) as much
frequently, you will find that NM rules !!

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