Bug 158710

Summary: Ability to choose the network from "known networks" (especially for hidden networks)
Product: knetworkmanager Reporter: schmirrwurst
Component: generalAssignee: Will Stephenson <wstephenson>
Status: RESOLVED NOT A BUG    
Severity: wishlist CC: finex, gapon007, stabelweb
Priority: NOR    
Version: unspecified   
Target Milestone: ---   
Platform: Ubuntu Packages   
OS: Linux   
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Description schmirrwurst 2008-03-03 10:47:40 UTC
Version:           0.2 3.5.9, Kubuntu (hardy) 4:3.5.9-0ubuntu1 (using KDE 3.5.9)
Installed from:    Ubuntu Packages
Compiler:          Target: i486-linux-gnu 
OS:                Linux

I would find interesting being able to click on a stored profile, to connect to it :
Actually, the "known networks" are stored in the configuration, but if I wan't to connect to a "known" hidden network, it is not possible. Because it is not scanned, I can't use the data stored in Knetworkmanager, I have to choose "connect to another network", and then to retype all security information, that are already stored in Knetworkmanager... !
Comment 1 Will Stephenson 2008-06-15 11:56:51 UTC
There is a problem with many iwl-based drivers that breaks detection of hidden networks - please report this to your distro.
Comment 2 FiNeX 2008-06-23 14:43:15 UTC
Will, why isn't possible to manually specify the name of the SSID and let knetworkmanager use it even if the network is hidden? How the driver works shouldn't interfere with it.
Comment 3 TomyLobo 2010-02-28 19:33:49 UTC
I cannot connect to a hidden wireless lan network without enabling broadcasting first.
steps:
1. right-click the icon
2. Manage connections...
3. Add...
4. enter the hidden network's SSID
5. clicked "Wireless Security"
6. set Security to WPA/WPA2 Personal
7. entered the password
8. entered a connection name
9. checked "Connect automatically"
10. OK
11. OK
12. right-click the icon
13. Connect to other network
14. select the newly created network config (notice it says "insecure" instead of WPA)
15. click connect
16. nothing happens

#14 makes me think that this is a problem with the connection editor
Comment 4 TomyLobo 2010-02-28 19:42:27 UTC
looks like I can't edit comments...
I'm using ipw2200 and I never had this problem with kde3's knetworkmanager. the problem started cropping up with the new version of knetworkmanager and the according network-manager daemon version.

I also reported this bug to the debian bugtracker, but they will probably tell me to report it here.
Comment 5 gapon 2010-05-06 15:50:38 UTC
Sorry guys but I think that this is a valid requirement, moreover IMHO it is not an enhancement but a bug (it's a pity that I'm not allowed to reopen this issue).

Or, please, tell me how can I connect to a hidden SSID using Network Manager and KDE?

Thanks a lot in advance.
Comment 6 gapon 2010-05-06 15:52:31 UTC
BTW this is not the only issue filed against the same problem - have a look at issue #209464. ...so, it seems like a valid issue, right? ;)
Comment 7 FiNeX 2010-05-06 17:05:28 UTC
being a bit curious about this old issue I've done some tests (usually I don't use the kde on my laptop so it just works).

I've installed archlinux with the latest kde and networkmanager packages (KDE SC 4.4.3 and networkmanager 0.8)

Knetworkmanager is able to connect to the hidden network.

So it looks that it works :-)
Comment 8 gapon 2010-05-06 19:43:31 UTC
(In reply to comment #7)
> being a bit curious about this old issue I've done some tests (usually I don't
> use the kde on my laptop so it just works).
> 
> I've installed archlinux with the latest kde and networkmanager packages (KDE
> SC 4.4.3 and networkmanager 0.8)
> 
> Knetworkmanager is able to connect to the hidden network.
> 
> So it looks that it works :-)

Weird, I have the same configuration (Kubuntu with latest testing packages) - and if I click to connect to a hidden SSID, nothing happens...