Re: [dev] Fwd: OT:GUI wireless connections management?

From: Niki Yoshiuchi <>
Date: Sat, 29 May 2010 19:30:36 -0400

ifconfig doesn't work on wireless networks, but assuming you mean iwconfig,
well that doesn't work with WPA encryption. And neither of them is

I just wpa_supplicant, but I don't think it would work that well with
switching between wireless networks while running. If you are generally
shutting down your laptop between network switches then wpa_supplicant alone
should work fine.

On Sat, May 29, 2010 at 7:26 PM, Josh Rickmar <>wrote:

> On Sun, May 30, 2010 at 03:01:24AM +0400, Ilya Ilembitov wrote:
> > Hi, all.I wanted to ask for an advice.
> >
> > Being a laptop user, I have to swtich between wireless networks quite
> frequently, and often I have to connect to the new networks. So, I am in
> need of a tool that would allow me to automatize the whole routine: provide
> me with a list of networks, allow me to select the one to connect, find out
> the type of encryption and actually connect to it (prompting me for the
> encryption key, if needed) - since I don't think that I'll be able to
> memorize all the wpa_supplicant options to use it fluently (i.e. without
> having to read the manpage each time I want to connect to a new network).
> >
> > The current options that I am aware of:
> >
> > 1. Networkmanager - ties a lot of dependencies and is not quite stable
> >
> > 2. wicd - has a ncurses flavour, I'll probably give it a try.
> >
> > 3. connman (that thing that is used in Moblin/Meego) - quite young and I
> haven't heard much of it, and whether it could be used outside of its
> original environment. Although I believe I have read somewhere that E17
> people were trying to make a EFL GUi to it, so probably it's rather
> flexible.
> >
> > Any other options? I was hoping that someone has already come up with a
> custom solution that would integrate into dwm/dmenu environment nicely.
> What's wrong with just using ifconfig?
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