[arch-general] systemd-networkd and netctl with multiple interfaces
Leonid 'Beef Marsala' Isaev
leonid.isaev at jila.colorado.edu
Fri Nov 13 03:31:28 UTC 2015
On Thu, Nov 12, 2015 at 07:52:20PM +0100, Bennett Piater wrote:
> I mostly just use LAN when I need to download a lot of stuff at home,
> because WIFI is much slower even at 54 Mb/s, especially since my home
> network is 1 Gbps. So I could just turn WIFI off in those cases, that
> would be an acceptable situation.
You probably don't want to turn off the wifi physically because you will also
need to tell daemons like wpa_supplicant to quit gracefully (and then restart
when the card is turned back on).
> However, I want to understand all of this as fully as possible.
> So, yes, I would appreciate your profiles - but please take your time
> digging them out :)
I'd say, the cleanest option is to keep wlan0 interface up and have
wpa_supplicant running on it all the time, but configure it a slave to ethernet
in the bonding. So, whenever you plug a cable, the kernel will automatically
send all traffic through eth. Unplug it, and the traffic will flow over wifi.
And your applications shouldn't even notice that.
The setup is simple: create a netctl profile, like
$ cat bonding0
Description="Bond interface for external NICs"
Then, enable wpa_supplicant-nl80211 at wlan0.service after
netctl at bonding0.service, and finally configure IP, firewall, etc using the new
bond0 interface. This IP (and routing) will stay stable in between switches
between wired and wireless networks. The above ordering of netctl and
wpa_supplicant is the only trick here...
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