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Old 09-15-2005, 09:23 AM   #1
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any hope for wireless?

I use ubuntu on my main laptop, and often go between networks at school and home with it. Pretty much everywhere I go has wireless, but it is increasinly frustrating to go between different wireless networks.

At home, my wireless works fine, with encryption. At school, there are many access points, unencrypted, all with the same SSID,, yet I cannot connect to any of them.

Are there any decent profile managers for linux, that can simplify switching between networks? At school i'm forced to use windows while i'm in class, since i can never get the wireless to work on linux.

I would love to use linux more nearly 100% of the time, but that is just simply not possible without better wireless support, preferably a profile manager(maybe even one that could manage my wired as well), but even just a tool that allows me to scan for available networks and select one to connect to would be helpful

Are there any tools you guys have found that are useful, or anything you konw of to overall make the linux wireless experience more friendly?
Old 09-15-2005, 09:32 AM   #2
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KWiFiManager is one.

I prefer command line.
iwlist wlan0 scan
iwconfig wlan0 ssid etc.
You can script any of that, especially if the SSIDs are always the same.

Hangdog posted a nice bash script for this very situation a whil back. You may want to search it out.


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