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Re: [opensuse] Network Manager and WPA/PSK with TKIP
  • From: "John E. Perry" <j.e.perry@xxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 04 Jul 2010 20:30:29 -0400
  • Message-id: <4C3127A5.8080607@xxxxxxx>
On 07/04/2010 04:07 PM, James Knott wrote:
Mark Misulich wrote:
there has been a problem with network manager since the 11.2 opensuse
version with kde4. I am still using 11.1 on this laptop because it uses
the kde3 networkmanager.
Is it possible to use the KDE3 version with 11.2 or later? I'm currently
using 11.0 on all my computers and intend to do so for as long as it's
supported. However, someday I'll be forced onto KDE4 and will be needing
KNetworkmanager for my notebook computer. I do not use it on any other
computer.

Why does KNetworkmanager have so many issues? One that I've noticed is
when you scan for networks, it doesn't show all that are available. I
recall some discussion with a developer where he claimed it was a
"feature" in that you'd otherwise have a long list to sort through.
Instead, I often have to use WiFi Radar to find a network I want to use
as KNetworkmanager didn't display it.


Hmm. I had some problems early on with the kde4 network manager, but I haven't recently.

...Well, actually, I hiccupped on the password vs private key thing, but finally, I just put in a passphrase and everything went smoothly. Since Will asked me to send in a log of both the kde and gnome managers (gnome has always worked for me), and it got fixed in a couple of days, I've connected without trouble to 3 networks that I can remember.

As I recall, the deficiency of access point list was fixed long ago, too (at least for me). At first, I got half a dozen AP's, none of which was my own, even though it was MUCH stronger than any of my neighbors'. Someone really screwed up that "feature" royally. Now mine is at the top of a long list, and this weekend I connected to my son's using WPA2-PSK.

Really, just try putting in a passphrase. It gets converted to a code, anyhow, and, whether it detects the passphrase vs private key, or just uses the phrase, I don't know, or really care, since they're both used for strong encryption before anything goes onto the air. Obviously, you use a complicated phrase that means something specific to you alone.

KDE 4.3.5 "release 0"
Whatever KNetworkManager is current -- I can't find a way to get its version.

John Perry

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