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Old 05-28-2005, 10:10 PM   #1
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switching between/activate network devices

Hi all

I recently managed to set up my wireless card using ndiswrapper on the Mandrake Linux 10.1 Official distro. Having previously beeing using an network cable to connect to the net. I'm enjoying the new freedom offered by the wi-fi connection.

Unfortunately in disabling the ethernet's "start at boot" option, I've managed to lose the very useful network icon in my task tray.

What this means for me is that everytime I need to connect to the net using my wireless card. I'd have to go to:'
KMenu -> System -> Configuration -> Configure your computer -> Network & Internet -> Monitor Connections -> Connect Ethernet

I was originally under the impression that after running an "ifup wlan0" in the commandline the wireless card would be ready to go. But as it stands, when I set my wlan0 to "start at boot", it loads fine with all connection details (at least from what I could get out of ifconfig). Unfortunately, still no tray icon

I've been looking for a solution to this in either of the following forms: 1 being a GUI solution. 2. being a command line solution. I'd prefer to get answer to both as I've just started out using Linux and would like to learn as much as I could.
1) How do I get back the network tray icon?
2) Via commandline what is the proper way of activating a network device in order to get it up and running.
I guess what I'm looking for is the comandline equiavlent of the "Connect Ethernet".

Thank in all in advance for your help.
Old 05-29-2005, 08:33 PM   #2
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I use Kwifi. Got it from urpmi, I think in the 'contrib' account. Nice GUI, with signal strength meter...
Old 06-02-2005, 01:35 AM   #3
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Hi edcutis, thanks for the info.

I installed kwifi just now. But it only seem to show the signal strength, no traffic info, or ability to connection/disconnect. It could be that I haven't had enough time to play with it.

I'd still very much welcome advice from people in regard to re-enabling the little network icon thingy

Old 06-04-2005, 12:48 AM   #4
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I've found it!!

It's called net_applet. It could be invoked from root.

But what I really needed to do was set the AUTOSTART option to TRUE in:

/home/<user name>/.net_applet

where <user name> is the account name that I normally log in as.

Thanks all.


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