[arch-general] netcfg wlan connection renewal

Philipp Überbacher hollunder at lavabit.com
Wed Sep 28 08:51:21 EDT 2011

Excerpts from Tom Gundersen's message of 2011-09-28 13:37:29 +0200:
> On Wed, Sep 28, 2011 at 11:53 AM, Philipp <hollunder at lavabit.com> wrote:
> > I use netcfg for my university wlan (eduroam). It works fine for a while
> > but after a couple of minutes I get disconnected and need to reconnect
> > manually. I think that happens pretty regularly, so I assume that some
> > kind of connection renewal doesn't work for some reason. Any idea what
> > could be wrong, how to fix it or how to reconnect automatically?
> I don't know why this might happen, but could you try if it is
> possible to reproduce the problem with NetworkManager? That should
> give us an idea where in the stack to look.
> Cheers,
> Tom

I looked into networkmanager and while it's DE independent in the
meanwhile and provides a CLI interface it still requires polkit. Polkit
requires consolekit and both mean configuration and maintenance trouble.
So far I can live well without those.

Before I used netcfg I used plain wpa_supplicant and I had the same
issue AFAIR.

Hardware info:
04:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4312 802.11b/g
LP-PHY (rev 01)

Driver: broadcom-wifi-builder https://aur.archlinux.org/packages.php?ID=31449
It actually uses the old proprietary broadcom driver
(broadcom-wl AFAIR), the free software version that uses only the
proprietary firmware should have worked since 2.6.32 or something but
never worked properly for me. The new free software driver doesn't
support this old chip.

I'll try net-auto-wireless as workaround, thanks.


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