wireless!

Daniel Dalton daniel.dalton at iinet.net.au
Fri Apr 17 13:13:09 UTC 2009


On Fri, Apr 17, 2009 at 08:48:38AM -0400, Brian McKee wrote:
> > Setting up a system for some people making the switch from windows, and
> > have no idea. :) So on my system, I'm a bit of a command line guy, I use
> > wpa_supplicant for managing my wireless. What graphical tool is best for
> > the gnome desktop to adjust wireless settings? Is it network-admin? The
> > network uses wpa v1, and the device is supported, sudo iwlist scan shows
> > up networks! So, what is the most user friendly gnome graphical tool for
> > managing all networks, with wep, wpa and even no security?
> 
> Hi Daniel

Hi Brian,

> 
> The default on most versions of Hardy is Network Manager.
> Just add the applet to their top bar if it isn't there already.

Ah right.
From a quick aptitude show here on debian, it seems to be a daemon, does
it still allow for manual configuration eg. the entry of wpa passkeys?
Sorry, I'm not great with x11.

> Many people (esp in Hardy) have some issues with Network Manager not
> working consistantly,
> and have had better results installing and using WICD - wicd.sourceforge.net

Ah, right. That's good to know. thanks.

> 
> I have to say, as much time as I spend on the commandline each day, if
> there are two things where
> prefer a GUI it's email and wifi connections :-)

Personally, I use debian and the command line all the time as I'm
totally blind, and it is far more efficient than x11 I believe. I still
use x sometimes though, for firefox where lynx can't help, openoffice
and sometimes pidgin, although irssi is good, just depends what I'm
doing. :) But yes, I like the cli :) and rarely start the gui, but for
sighted new comers, that's all they know, the gui... :-)

Thanks for your help,

Daniel.
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