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Old 03-31-2014, 09:10 PM   #1
elvehjem
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is there a distro that connects to any found network without intervention


Hi,

I'd like to know if there is a distro that will connect to an "open" network automagically, first time, every time, without having to go thru the various connection dialogs. I can certainly "do" that for myself, and I'm not even tired of it, but I'd like to send a Puppy or other linux to a friend to try.

My first experiences with doing that resulted in frustration for my friends, because of the number of clicks/decisions required to connect, and these folks all have simple internet via wired router connections.

I guess i'm looking for a true plug and play distro... If one's available, please let me know!

Ken
 
Old 03-31-2014, 09:37 PM   #2
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You don't tell us much about what you are now using, but I'm able to connect to open wireless networks with only two clicks (one to open the network manager, one to connect) on the distributions I've used with my machines that do wireless. Perhaps you could provide more information about you system, wireless, and distro.

I would be very leery of connecting automatically to any open network, because the folks who set up open networks are not always nice people, not to mention man-in-the-middle attacks.
 
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Old 03-31-2014, 10:35 PM   #3
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on fedora live-usb it automatically connects to the wifi router that was used before the last reboot.
 
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Old 04-01-2014, 08:01 AM   #4
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I realize that it's not a good idea to have every user just attaching to any old network; and I also realize that once Linux is installed and working, it will re-attach to networks, and attach to new ones quickly.

But I'm talking about being able to send a bootable cd to a friend, whose M$ OS just failed. Then, if their computer would just attach to a network, I'd stand a chance of being able to remote in to their machine to help them with it, rather than having to make the choices, like in the Puppy distro. (Not knocking Puppy, It's a favorite of mine!)

And I'm not talking about having this be a permanent install... the "grab any available network" thing. This would be more or less for special cases.

BTW, I've been tinkering w/ Linux for 20 years now, but I still consider myself a "newbie" in that I have to use the OS from the Evil Empire for daily work;>)

Ken
 
Old 04-01-2014, 08:51 AM   #5
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you can make a live-usb with persistent overlay that has the network information saved in it (either in something like /etc/network/interfaces or network manager) but you well need to predict their ssid/wep password/wpa2 key ...
 
  


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