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Hello all, I was wondering if someone could show me where to get information on how to set up a wifi connection without NetworkManager. It's probably a pain in the ...
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    Wifi without networkmanager?


    Hello all, I was wondering if someone could show me where to get information on how to set up a wifi connection without NetworkManager. It's probably a pain in the *** but shortly ago I demolished NM and it took a while to get it back up and running, and I wouldn't have been able to if I hadn't had access to another machine with internet, and I don't wanna get caught with my pants down again. Thank you.

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    What Distro are you running. If you have Synaptic Package manager. Do a search for Wicd which I use as a Network manager to connect with .Install it. It should replace Network manager if you are running Ubuntu (I think, aint sure). It is easyto use and set up. Gui interface.

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    Alright! That looks pretty nifty, I"ll be sure to check it out as a GUI based networking program. I perhaps wasn't clear though, what I was looking for was if anybody could point me toward a tutorial or the like for if there's a way to manually set up this sort of thing without the automagic programs just in case.


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    Wicd – Wired and Wireless Network manager for Ubuntu|Ubuntu Geek

    Best I can do without knowing your Distro

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    For pretty much any distro the tools you need are
    iwconfig
    ifconfig
    dhclient or dhcpcd
    wpa_supplicant if you're using WPA/WPA2 encryption.

    Basic usage for wireless.
    As root
    Code:
    ifconfig wlan0 up
    iwconfig wlan0 essid <network name>
    dhclient wlan0
    If you use WPA encryption this doesn't work and you need to configure the file /etc/wpa_supplicant.conf first. Then add the line
    Code:
    wpa_supplicant -B -Dwext -i wlan0 -c /etc/wpa_supplicant.conf
    after the iwconfig bit.

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    Alright! Thank you all. I got wicd working and am testing it out, and am going to have to play with doing it manually. It's much appreciated.

    -Kit

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    Just FYI, starting with WICD 1.6, they included a curses interface as well, so you don't need a GUI to use it. You never mentioned your distro, but that should be available in Ubuntu 9.10, and I assume the other new releases of various distros coming out soon. You can start it with
    Code:
    wicd-curses

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