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John Nielsen lists at
Sun Apr 10 19:33:01 MDT 2005

Quoting Dave Smith <DavidSmith at>:
> Hans Fugal wrote:
> > On Sat,  9 Apr 2005 at 23:24 -0600, Dan Wilson wrote:
> >>>   2. Reconfiguring wireless on my laptop every time I sit down on a
> >>>      wireless network is not something I have time to do.

> >>What flavor of Linux have you run?  I am using SuSE 9.3 with Gnome
> >>and there is a nice little applet (netapplet) that allows you to
> >>switch between wired and wireless.  It also detects nearby access
> >>and provides a nice interface to configure each one.

> > You must have a wireless card that came with decent software if you
> > don't have to mess with wireless everytime you sit down on a new
> > network. This is definitely not a standard thing between cards - some
> > are harder than others - and the default windows way is sometimes
> > disabled by the card (and isn't automatic). Most cards come with
> > software that is easier then the command-line tools in linux, yes. But
> > there are things on linux to make it a no-brainer.

> > 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
> > save that key to a file, and I am connected automatically that time
> > 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?

Am I imagining things, or did we actually veer back ON topic here? :)

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