Re: NetworkManagerInfo/nm-applet development question

Eric wrote:

I have a Linksys router with the painfully annoying
"key index" setup.  I have written a patch for
NetworkManager to be able to interface with the WEP
"key indexes" on the router.  I used the Linksys GPL
code to figure out their system.  Anyway, I used glade
to edit the nm-applet and add four radio buttons for
key indexes but I cannot get the nm-applet to run on
my system.  The NetworkManagerInfo binary that came
with FC4 works fine but I can't seem to figure out how
to use the nm-applet.

Any ideas?

PS: Do you guys know if any other routers use the key
index scheme?  I believe I could check the AP MAC to
enable/disable the key indexes on a per manufacturer basis.

In the more recent versions of NM, the name NetworkManagerInfo changed to nm-applet and the location change to /usr/libexec which may be why you cannot find it. See for more details.

Cisco 350 series cards use key indexing. Since Cisco now owns Linksys, it is
not surprising that Linksys does as well. I have a Cisco AIR-PCM352 card that I
use in my T42/Intel Pro 2200BG for testing of patches to the airo driver for
the Cisco 350 series cards. This card has keys stored in key[0]-key[4]. The
command 'iwconfig eth1 key on', for example, will configure key[0]. There is no need
to use key indexing with NM. The keys that you enter in the NM passphrase or other-networks
dialogs will be stored in Gnome Keyring and available to NM as needed. I see no
advantage to using key indexing. If that is all you use, you limit the number of
keys you can use.

Bill Moss
Professor, Mathematical Sciences
Clemson University

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