[Nottingham] Network settings and different wifi locations
david at familyaldred.org.uk
Sat Dec 22 19:57:01 GMT 2007
I'm just wondering if there's any better way to do this before I start
When I'm at home, I use my home wifi with my laptop; for various reasons I use
static IP addresses within the network, and have specific static addresses
assigned as gateway, web proxy and DNS server.
If I'm somewhere where a wireless connection is available, I'm obviously going
to need a different wireless setup (WEP keys etc), and kwifimanage will
handle that nicely. However, I also need to use DHCP and obtain gateway/DNS
information from the local wireless network - so I need to 'clean out' the
I have a feeling that *somewhere* in Linux and/or KDE I've seen something
which seemed to do this - set up different IP and Wifi configurations as
simply as selecting a pre-set configuration and OK'ing it. In fact, I
thought it was a built-in part of kwifimanager, but it's not - I can set up
encryption etc from there, but not (at least directly: it's possible to get a
script run on selecting a kwifimanager profile) the IP address configuration.
It's not the most onerous of tasks to write a script which will take an
argument and set up both wireless and IP configurations according to which
argument is passed to it (and asking for the WEP key where, as in many pubs,
a WEP key is required to connect) - but does anyone know whether someone's
already done it (probably better and prettier than I would!)?
(Using a console and running a single script as root seems to me marginally
easier than using kwifimanager to call the same script !).
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