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Old 07-10-2008, 10:01 AM   #1
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Switching among wifi connections. How?


Hello!

If I can reach different wireless network connections. In order to get connected to one of them, I have to edit /etc/rc.d/rc.inet1.conf accordingly. So, until now, if I want to change to a different wifi network, I have to re-edit rc.inet1.conf everytime, modify the wlan0 configuration and then restart the computer in order to be connected to the new network (if I write /etc/rc.d/rc.inet1 restart, I can not browse through the Internet until I restart the PC). Don't know why.

So:
a) Is there a way to restart the network (with Internet access) without restarting the computer?

b) Isn't it possible to change among networks without editing rc.inet1.conf every time a need a change?

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Old 07-10-2008, 10:35 AM   #2
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Look for NetworkManager - easy to use with Gnome, Kde, Xfce - and possibly others.
Very nice tool.
Many distributions use it now.
I don't know how to install it in Slackware though.

wifi-radar is another possibility.
[edit]
as well as this:
http://nomius.blogspot.com/2006/11/k...k-manager.html

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Old 07-10-2008, 11:58 AM   #3
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And there's more...

KDE comes with Kwifi manager. If the network is WEP/WPA secured there is WPA_GUI - (very handy) - which will work under X. WICD packages are available for Slackware as well so theres lots of choice.

Another option may be to have seperate rc.inet1.conf[1,2] files for each network which may be cp'd to rc.inet1.conf from a script. Then issuing an /etc/rc.d/rc.inet1 restart. I have found that after issuing /etc/rc.d/rc.inet1 restart from cli I sometimes need to kill dhcpcd for the interface and restart it.

I've not fully looked into this as I rarely connect to a foreign wireless network.

Restarting your PC however should not be necessary.
 
Old 07-10-2008, 05:22 PM   #4
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I've been very satisfied with WICD (got the slackbuilds from slackbuilds.org). Once in a while I have to stop and start the daemon, but that's it, no reboot.

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Old 07-10-2008, 08:31 PM   #5
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How did you make wicd run?

I'm running KDE and I've downloaded wicd from slackbuilds.org. I installed it but when trying to start it, nothing happens. No message. Just nothing. How did you make it run?

Thanks in advance,
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Old 07-10-2008, 09:34 PM   #6
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Have a look a the Readme that comes with the source. I have installed it on Slackware 12.0 - the Slackbuild page states :

Quote:
This requires dbus-python and pygtk; also, you will need to restart or
reload the messagebus service after installing wicd.
But the Slackbuild for 12.1 doesn't mention this on the page.

You may still need these modules however.

The Readme mentions starting the daemon which you should look at.

When all this is done I ran it from the KDE internet menu.
 
Old 07-11-2008, 02:30 PM   #7
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There are two parts, the daemon and the gui. The daemon is started with "/etc/rc.d/rc.wicd start" and the gui is "/opt/wicd/gui.py".

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