Description of problem:
On previous versions of Fedora, Network Manager automatically connected my laptop to an available network, whether it was a WiFi or eth connection. The only time I needed to do anything was if the available network required a password to connect. Otherwise Network Manager made everything automatic and easy.
After installing F11, Network Manager always starts with no network connection, displaying a small red x on the icon. I have to manually select the network I want to connect with. Even after connecting to a network once, Network Manager doesn't seem to remember it and connect automatically next time that network connection is available.
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Steps to Reproduce:
1. Install F11
2. Boot with a variety of physical and wifi nets available
No network connection is made until manually selected, regardless of what type of network is available
Network Manager manages my network connections, causing my computer to be connected to a network with minimal intervention from me.
I'm running F11 on a Dell Inspiron 8600 with an Intel 2200 WiFi card and a 10/100 Ethernet card. Both connections work fine when manually setup and both worked on previous versions of Fedora.
There was briefly a bug in F10 that caused a similar problem but it was fixed. I wonder if this could be a recurrence of bug 489398?
I just discovered one additional oddity related to this problem. Earlier today, I happened to be in range of the same WiFi net that was active when I installed F11. When I booted in this area, Network Manager connected automatically. But an hour later, when I booted up at my office with two WiFi nets available and a physical eth connected, Network Manager failed to make a connection until I manually selected a network.
It appears NM will connect automatically *only* to the network that was present during the original install, but not to any other network. Hopefully this fact will help track down the cause of the bug.
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(This is also valid for wireless connections, but remember, you need first to login to GNOME because NM can connect automatic to the wireless network (the WEP/WPA and so on key is stored in the key-ring), only if the key-ring is accessible.
You can use the NetworkManager tray icon to enable the ethernet interface you wish to use, but you would have to do this at each boot. To specify that an interface should always be started on boot, use the Network Connections tool: in the system menu, it is under System > Preferences > Network Connections. In the Wired tab, select the interface you wish to start at boot, and click Edit. Check the box marked Connect automatically, then click Apply, and quit the tool.
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*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of bug 498207 ***