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Old 03-14-2016, 10:22 PM   #1
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Wireless network manager apps

I've installed Linux Mint Mate and XFCE to a Thinkpad T40 and T41 (first gen Pentium M 32-bit non-PAE) but the Network Manager Applet in 17.3 Mate and XFCE, which appears to be the same, can't handle the business wireless at work, which has an SSID, and a username, and then password. Of one install of XFCE and two of Mate, only one Mate install has managed to connect at work. One Mate install that fails at work on the business wireless connects at home to a conventional wireless router. The other Mate install that does connect at work is problematic, requiring manual connects and then every time bringing up a dialog box "No Certificate Authority certificate chosen." Despite checking the "don't warn me again" box, this dialog box comes back at every connection attempt. And they are frequent. Too frequent.

Installs of Mint Cinnamon 64-bit on two Core2 Duos at home are behaving nicely to connect automatically, but the old Thinkpads can't handle Cinnamon 32-bit. I just tried.

Do any of the experienced hands know of a connection manager applet that I could add to Mate or XFCE that might improve their performance on the business network? I'm going to bring one of the C2D laptops to work and see how Cinnamon handles the business wireless and will report here, but beyond that test they'll stay home.
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I tend to use wicd instead.
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Thank you. I'll investigate that.

The C2D running Cinnamon could not handle the business wireless either. It sat trying to connect with the little circle spinning and just stayed there. It later managed to find another simpler connection, but in a second workplace I don't think that option exists.
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Mint Mate and Cinnamon connected effortlessly to the router at home and to a regular connection at work. The business wireless with a username in addition to the regular SSID and password was problematic. One T41 with Mate could connect with difficulty, another not at all. Mint XFCE on a T41 and Cinnamon on a Core2 Duo could not manage the business connection.


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