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Old 12-14-2004, 10:43 AM   #1
Bill Fox
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Question Multiple Network Profiles on a Laptop

I have installed FC3 on an IBM r31 with a built in Wireless/Ethernet and modem. In the office I will connect directly to the network via the ethernet cable, at home I will connect to a wireless router hooked into an ADSL connection and when I'm on the road I will probably connect via modem.
Does anyone know of a white paper or article on how to do this with a minimum of user intervention. The problem is that in some cases the machine will be used by a non-technical person (even this might be an overstatement :-) )

I know that I might be asking for something that is already built in (usually is) but I have not been able to find it - not sure what to search for -

Old 12-14-2004, 12:54 PM   #2
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for the different network card/modem, you will have to specify the device name when you connect (eth0, eth1...) no matter what.

for the network setting, I have two copies of /etc/resolv.conf with different names, which contain two different sets of DNS settings (one for office, one for home). I just overwrite /etc/resolv.conf with one of these copies before I connect with

ifup ethx
Old 12-15-2004, 08:24 PM   #3
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If you use KDE, Kwifimanager has the ability to apply different profiles. There are various other tools around for this, but honestly none are very robust right now for laptop wireless users who might as soon connect via dhcp at an airport or statically at a home network with WPA.

Google around, though. There are a few project going...

--Akshun J
Old 12-16-2004, 07:22 PM   #4
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There's a package in the Debian repositories called laptop-net which does just that. If there isn't a package available for FC3, perhaps you could compile the source package.


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