Bug 472181 - RFE: network manager does not offer a menu to select wireless network
RFE: network manager does not offer a menu to select wireless network
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: NetworkManager (Show other bugs)
i686 Linux
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Assigned To: Dan Williams
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2008-11-19 03:05 EST by cornel panceac
Modified: 2008-11-20 13:23 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2008-11-20 12:57:37 EST
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Description cornel panceac 2008-11-19 03:05:37 EST
Description of problem:
when more than one network is available, network manager does not offer a menu to select the desired network. i believe it will be better in such cases to offer a menu and the user may then select what network he wants to connect to.

it would be even better to alow user to sort the networks list by "free", or by "signal power"

right now, network manager just cycles the networks trying them in an unknown order. _maybe_ it even repeat the cycling if no connection succeeded.

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Comment 1 Dan Williams 2008-11-19 12:05:06 EST
nm-applet is the program that provides the menu, and is auto-launched on login when NetworkManager-gnome is installed.  Can you see if the 'nm-applet' process is running, and if so, do you have a Notification Area applet on your GNOME panel?  If not, you'll need to add one.  It's where the power manager icon normally sits on a default install.
Comment 2 cornel panceac 2008-11-19 12:24:41 EST
indeed, clicking the nm-applet offers a menu but, before i have the time to go to that menu, network manager starts trying to autoconnect to each network in the list, thus asking for almost each network to provide a(nother) key. this is not aproble if there's one network but if there are about 12 nets avilable, and if it's true what i believe, that after trying every network and failing it starts again, this is really annoying, you know.
Comment 3 Dan Williams 2008-11-20 12:57:37 EST
In the connection editor (right-click on the applet, then choose "Edit connections..."), you can uncheck the "connect automatically" checkbox for each wifi network, and delete networks you don't care about.  Then, you can manually connect to each wifi network as you see fit.
Comment 4 cornel panceac 2008-11-20 13:23:16 EST
while i agree this is not exactly a bug, i believe it would be better to have all "connect automatically" reset, and only check the ones you want. thnx.

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