Brian McKee brian.mckee at gmail.com
Fri Apr 17 15:37:10 UTC 2009

On Fri, Apr 17, 2009 at 9:13 AM, Daniel Dalton
<daniel.dalton at iinet.net.au> wrote:
> 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?
>> 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.

Yes - it gives you a list of available networks, and will ask you for
a passphrase when it's required.
>From then on, it will automatically associate with that network when
it sees it without prompting you.
Thus, if you set up one for home and one for work, when you open your
laptop at the office or at home it 'just works'
It handles the wired connection as well, and you can set up VPN
connections with it too.

Wicd has all the same features in a different interface, except it
doesn't currently handle VPNs.

I use Wicd in Hardy, and I'm trying Network Manager again in Jaunty -
jury is still out.


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