Re: A couple of minor issues with NM

On Sun, 24 Dec 2006, Timothy Murphy wrote:

On Saturday 23 December 2006 23:47, Matthew Saltzman wrote:

What exactly is the different between "shared" and "open"?
I just have a key set on my access point,
and I give that key on each machine accessing the AP.
Is that shared or open?

Actually, I tried replying both "shared" and "open",
but I didn't see any difference in the response.

Does your access point have a setting for shared vs. open?  That
determines what the clients are supposed to do.

Thanks for your explanation.
I checked my access point (a Linksys WRT54LG running dd-wrt)
and there is no mention of "shared" or "open" that I can see.
I am asked if I want to use a key, and if so what kind
(WEP, WPA, RADIUS, etc).

My Netgear config page has some Javascript and when I select WEP, it reloads the page with an option for shared or open or automatic (which I assume means the client decides).

Does the dd-wrt documentation have anything to say?


It seems from this that "open" means "no key" and "shared" means "key".

Yes, for authentication purposes. Encryption is a separate function, so you can have encryption without authentication.

I've found that I can usually force NM to work as I wish
by editing ~/.kde/share/config/knetworkmanagerrc .

However, I don't consider this is very satisfactory.

		Matthew Saltzman

Clemson University Math Sciences
mjs AT clemson DOT edu

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