Network configuration utilities (was Re: US Economy)

Hans Fugal hans at
Sun Apr 10 17:20:59 MDT 2005

Just to reiterate if it wasn't clear - I routinely use wireless and
wired networks together and don't have the routing problem von is
talking about. (waproamd and ifplugd) Usually if you care it's just a
matter of unplugging the one you don't want to use. If your wireless
card is built in, then I guess that's not an option.

On Sun, 10 Apr 2005 at 17:02 -0600, Von Fugal wrote:
> * Dave Smith [Sun, 10 Apr 2005 at 12:02 -0600]
> > >I use waproamd. Whenever I enter a new wireless network, if it is wide
> > >open I am connected automatically. If it needs a wep key, I just have to
> > >save that key to a file, and I am connected automatically that time and
> > >every time in the future. No clicking, no fussing.
> > 
> > What about moving between wired and wireless networks. In Windows, if a 
> > wireless connection is available, it is used. If a wired network is 
> > available, it is used (not sure what it does if both are available). In 
> > the past, I have always fired up an xterm and run /etc/init.d/net.wlan0 
> > stop && /etc/init.d/net.eth0 start. This is somewhat painful, and I'd 
> > like for Linux to automagically use whatever network is available 
> > without *any* user intervention. Ideas?
> Like he said, waproamd will automatically connect to a wireless network
> if it is available, and wep encrypted networks too provided you have the
> key saved in the right file.
> Then ther is ifplugd, the equivalent of waproamd for wired. Now, for me,
> when I have both wireless and wired available both are enabled and I end
> up with routing issues. Hans swears that my routing issues shouldn't be
> issues at all, and is indeed the way it should work, but for me it
> breaks. But you can try it and it will probably work for you, I admit
> that my computer has some strange quirks, and probably mostly due to the
> stupid broadcomm wireless card that I have to run with ndiswrapper (aka
> linuxant).
> The routing issue, if you care, is I get two default routes. Supposedly,
> this should work, and it should just pick one to go out on, and in the
> event one becomes unavailable it will use the other. But I guess for
> some reason my computer gets confused and uses _neither_ default route
> and nothing works until I delete a route.
> Von Fugal

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