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Re: Wireless Connection - stumped - 02-16-2009, 07:36 AM
I haven't used a hidden SSID for a very long time, since it's security merits are apparently non-existent (according to people more knowledgeable than me).
I have heard previous reports that Network Manager (the program that connects you to wifi) does struggle with hidden SSID, although whether that remains a consistent problem with the NM0.6 version in Ubuntu 8.04, I'm uncertain.
It might be worth researching the merits of hidden SSID, and then reviewing the necessity to hide it on your network. If you want to keep it, Wicd http://wicd.net/ might be a useful alternative to look at. It is officially only available as an i386 from their repository, but it can be installed by downloading and double-clicking the latest stable _all.deb from http://sourceforge.net/project/showf...kage_id=229460
The System Tray (notification area) applet is launched with: wicd-client (you can add this to the Sessions autostarted applications list)
Beware that Wicd will uninstall Network Manager though - so you might want to download Network Manager first to allow you to reinstall it if you don't like Wicd:
sudo apt-get install --reinstall -d network-manager network-manager-gnome
sudo apt-get install network-manager-gnome
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