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Re: [opensuse] Network Manager and WPA/PSK with TKIP
  • From: Greg Freemyer <greg.freemyer@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 5 Jul 2010 13:22:19 -0400
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On Mon, Jul 5, 2010 at 8:51 AM, Rodney Baker <rodney.baker@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
On Mon, 5 Jul 2010 15:45:46 Roger Oberholtzer wrote:
On Sun, 2010-07-04 at 15:37 -0400, Mark Misulich wrote:
On Mon, 2010-07-05 at 01:44 +0930, Rodney Baker wrote:
On Sun, 4 Jul 2010 23:54:38 James Knott wrote:
Rodney Baker wrote:
What gui interface to Network Manager are you using?

Whatever one comes with KDE 3.

Yep, that's what I thought. I never used the KDE 3 version but I might
have to install it because the KDE 4 one is seriously challenged in
this area. It's handling of switching between multiple wired networks
is actually pretty good (very good in fact - easier than Windows) but
it's missing one critical (for me) wireless feature.

The command line interface cnetworkmanager works for the wireless
network but not for the wired interface.  The underlying tool seems to
work well now, its just the interface options for KDE4 that are

Thanks for your input, James. Very helpful.

I can verify it works on 11.2 (update repo applied) and 11.3 (current
release candidate) with the Network Manager. This is in
my /var/log/wpa_supplicant.log:

Trying to associate with 00:18:4d:09:ef:36 (SSID='essential' freq=2412 MHz)
Associated with 00:18:4d:09:ef:36
WPA: Key negotiation completed with 00:18:4d:09:ef:36 [PTK=CCMP GTK=TKIP]
CTRL-EVENT-CONNECTED - Connection to 00:18:4d:09:ef:36 completed (auth)
[id=0 id_str=]

I use the KDE Network manager, The password is managed there. In Yast
you must say you want to use this to configure the network. Then there
is an icon in the KDE panel. In this method, the connection only works
when someone with a network password is logged in. And it is here that
you can change which wireless to use. As usual, right click  on the

If using the same wireless access point all the time, in yast choose the
traditional method, and the items (e.g., password) are then entered in
yast. Then it is available even when no one is logged in. It is all
where you configure network cards in yast.

Your choice depends on your needs.


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.

Old status. It has been working for some time. I use numerous wireless
connections (home and hotels) and it 'just works'.

Indeed, when 11.2 first came out, the story was a very different one...

Well, yesterday no matter what I tried it would not work. Today the wind must
have been blowing a different direction because when I tried it tonight it
connected first time. (I now have much less hair than I did yesterday!)

Why? I have absolutely no idea. I did not change anything. I didn't install or
update anything, or delete anything. I have rebooted the machine between then
and now (including booting into Windows once). Last night it wouldn't work for
love nor money, but tonight it does. I wonder for how long? At least now if
the configuration doesn't change it should (theoretically) keep working. I'll
try switching between wireless and wired a few times and see what happens...

For me, WPA2 / PSK works fine immediately after reboot.

But if my laptop hibernates, then my wireless connection never comes back.

I don't know if that is a wireless driver bug, or knetworkmanager bug.

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