I usually boot up my ubuntu box with gnome, but sometimes I want to play UT (on a bare x server) or I just want to use my laptop as a server. In those cases I don’t boot into Gnome but into the terminal. But the problem is Gnome manages my wireless network card. So no Gnome, no connection.
Some months ago I started searching for a solution for this. I found several options like guessnet, whereami, et cetera. I first tried whereami. But that wasn’t a success. I required to much configuration and didn’t really felt polished at all.
I stumbled upon guessnet last week. I found it in a thread on ubuntuforums. I installed it and after some fiddling with it, I couldn’t get it to work properly. I asked some questions on the forum (nobody answered). So I had to solve it myself. After some trial and error, I managed to come up with a working configuration.
Sorry about the indenting not working. It’s this stupid highlighting plugin that does not behave properly.
My original “/etc/network/interfaces”:
auto lo iface lo inet loopback
My working config:
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auto lo iface lo inet loopback auto wlan0 mapping wlan0 script guessnet-ifupdown map default: none map autofilter: true #Look for wlan0- interfaces map timeout: 9 map init-time: 9 #For slow drivers map verbose: true map debug: true iface wlan0-home inet dhcp test wireless essid USR5464 wireless-essid USR5464 iface wlan0-tim inet dhcp test wireless essid Tim_online closed wpa-psk 234243242342424 wpa-key-mgmt WPA-PSK wpa-proto WPA wpa-ssid Tim_online #If all else fails: pick an open network iface wlan0-open inet dhcp test wireless open wireless-essid any wireless-mode auto
In the configuration above, the Tim_online network uses wpa security. WPA2 is available too if you want to. Just search the net for it. The interface sections are ordinary /etc/network/interfaces configurations. Except for the “test” statement. This is guessnet specific.
I installed the newer package from Debian unstable. Just to make sure it wouldn’t work due to some obscure bug.
The only drawback is that the network applet in Gnome doesn’t show the wireless connection anymore. So I can’t see what network I’m connected to. For that I have to fire up the terminal (iwconfig).
If you have some questions about it: just leave a comment.