Fast questions (email, GPRS, WiFi...)

ian douglas ian.douglas at
Sat Jul 12 01:32:02 CEST 2008

Diego Fernández Durán wrote:
>   - Is there any UI to conect using WiFi? and with GPRS?
>     - Is network-manager been ported?
>       - The NM backend?
>       - Anybody is doing an UI for this?

I havne't seen any wifi UI applicaiton yet. I SSH'd into my Freerunner,
edited /etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf to alter the essid and
key, typed "ifup eth0", then unplugged the USB cable, opened a terminal,
ran "ifconfig usb0 down", opened the browser and navigated just fine.

After rebooting, it seems that usb0 is auto-activated, and while the
Wifi device is supposedly 'on', it doesn't appear in an "ifconfig" dump
... I ran "ifconfig down usb0" and "ifup eth0" and it failed to connect
to the wifi using my recently-edited wpa_supplicant.conf file.

I'm sure somebody is working on an app to automate this, but they'll
have to rearrange the priority of routing traffic in the app so a user
can specify "start up the wifi and use that connect as the default route".


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