Bug 476421 - Feature request, wireless network priority settings needed
Feature request, wireless network priority settings needed
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: NetworkManager (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Dan Williams
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2008-12-14 09:21 EST by Joshua Rosen
Modified: 2008-12-14 12:23 EST (History)
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Description Joshua Rosen 2008-12-14 09:21:48 EST
Description of problem:There is no means of setting a preference for a particular wireless network when multiple networks are present. For example in an apartment building there will be many wireless networks that are visible, in the location where I am at the moment there are 6, and many of these networks are unsecured because people are idiots. The Network Manager seems to pick the first network that it sees or possibly the first in the list (which is alphabetical) that it can access, rather than the last network that it was connected to. Use of someone else's network is a form of trespass even if that network is unsecured, the analogy would be if someone were to leave their front door unlocked, that would not be construed as an open invitation for anyone to enter their house.

The Network Manger needs a simple way to prioritize wireless networks so that some networks can be marked as unavailable and others prioritized via various criteria, i.e. fixed priority, dynamic based on available speed, dynamic based on signal strength or some combination of speed and strength.

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Comment 1 Dan Williams 2008-12-14 12:23:28 EST
NetworkManager only picks networks you've explicitly connected to before.  You can remove the networks that you really didn't want to use by right-clicking on the applet and choosing "Edit connections", or running /usr/bin/nm-connection-editor.  Of the network you've connected to before, NetworkManager will choose the one you last successfully connected to.

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