My wireless router is setup to use WPA2-Personal encryption with AES. When I startup and click on my ESSID it naturally asks me for my passphrase. Fine and dandy but then it hangs for a bit before asking me for the passphrase again. Ok. So logging into the router with a wired connection confirms that I know the correct passphrase.
What I see is the following behavior with NetworkManager:
- Click on ESSID I want to connect
- Get GNOME3 dialog asking for passphrase
- Window closes
- Get non-GNOME3 dialog asking for passphrase
- Window closes
- NetworkManager attempts to log into another access point and repeats steps 2-5.
In previous versions I could manually setup my wireless connections. The new dialog is attempt to remove the magic from installing by hiding all the complexity from the user. What I see are its short falls are:
No why to understand why a connection is failing.
Why the double dialogs in two different styles asking for the passphrase. Annoying.
Why is NetworkManager trying to connect to another access point after the first fails?
Where are the manual setup features? (e.g Advanced user settings - yes danger will robinson)
How to restart a connection?
How to restart network if you had to? It use to be that you could run /etc/init.d/network restart to have that happen. In Fedora 15 I could never get the wireless to comeback after the laptop awoke from hibernation. I always had to restart the machine.
Wireless access card information
lspci | grep -i net
09:00.0 Ethernet controller: Broadcom Corporation NetLink BCM5906M Fast Ethernet PCI Express
0c:00.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation PRO/Wireless 3945ABG [Golan] Network Connection
dmesg | grep -i iwl
iwl3945: Intel(R) PRO/Wireless 3945ABG/BG Network Connection driver for Linux, in-tree:ds
iwl3945: Copyright(c) 2003-2011 Intel Corporation
iwl3945 0000:0c:00.0: PCI INT A -> GSI 17 (level, low) -> IRQ 17
iwl3945 0000:0c:00.0: setting latency timer to 64
iwl3945 0000:0c:00.0: Tunable channels: 11 802.11bg, 13 802.11a channels
iwl3945 0000:0c:00.0: Detected Intel Wireless WiFi Link 3945ABG
iwl3945 0000:0c:00.0: irq 47 for MSI/MSI-X
ieee80211 phy0: Selected rate control algorithm 'iwl-3945-rs'
iwl3945 0000:0c:00.0: loaded firmware version 188.8.131.52
sudo iwlist scan
which I cut out the other access points:
Cell 03 - Address: 00:1F:90:E6:41:F7 Channel:1 Frequency:2.412 GHz (Channel 1) Quality=51/70 Signal level=-59 dBm Encryption key:on ESSID:"9west" Bit Rates:1 Mb/s; 2 Mb/s; 5.5 Mb/s; 6 Mb/s; 9 Mb/s 11 Mb/s; 12 Mb/s; 18 Mb/s Bit Rates:24 Mb/s; 36 Mb/s; 48 Mb/s; 54 Mb/s Mode:Master Extra:tsf=0000000005aeb56a Extra: Last beacon: 2096ms ago IE: Unknown: 00053977657374 IE: Unknown: 010882848B0C12961824 IE: Unknown: 030101 IE: Unknown: 0706555320010B1B IE: Unknown: 200100 IE: IEEE 802.11i/WPA2 Version ...