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

steve steve at
Sat Jul 12 03:43:17 CEST 2008


   get the instructions for using WIFI on freerunner posted to the wiki.

   Michael assist.


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Sent: Friday, July 11, 2008 4:32 PM
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Subject: Re: Fast questions (email, GPRS, WiFi...)

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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