Fix for Network Wizard

I have had a go at fixing the problem of a native Linux driver already loaded when you want to change over to a Windows driver with ndiswrapper.

I have uploaded it to here:
download and gunzip and place at /usr/sbin

Another thing that I have noticed often is this window in the wizard:
I think the buttons in this window are confusing. It seems counter-intuitive that the last button to press, that finishes the window, is "Use this profile" -- that button should not be inside the frame, it should be at the bottom of the window. Besides that, there are too many buttons and it is just plain confusing.

Posted on 23 Apr 2008, 2:07


Posted on 23 Apr 2008, 3:49 by lluamco
ndiswrapper trouble
I have troubles setting up my netgear wg111v2 with the network wizard using ndiswrapper.I always get messages:
dhcpcd, wlan0 timed out
warning, wlan0: using IPVALL address SOME_WRONG_ONE
no dns information to write
However, the following script works:
ifconfig wlan0 up
iwconfig wlan0 essid "MYESSID" freq 2.412G channel 1 mode managed ap XX:XX:XX:XX:XX:XX key MYWEPKEY
rm -f /etc/dhcpc/dhcpcd-wlan0*
dhcpcd -d wlan0

(The XX:XX:... is the hardward address)

Posted on 23 Apr 2008, 6:25 by nfisher
I'd have to agree about that button. Most people go straight to the bottom right, which happens to be where the "back" button is. I've done it myself, and I know better.

I would go a bit further and suggest that when you choose a wireless interface from the initial window that would actually be the most appropriate time to scan for networks, and then list any that are found in the next window. Most of the extra options like wep/wap and such could go in an "advanced" tab, or one marked "security" or "encryption".

Or alternatively we could try to determine the encryption being employed when the scan is done. Then just ask for the key if the user chooses that network.

Anyway, there are a ton of things that could be done to improve the wizard and both streamline the process and avoid confusion. But someone has to write it.

Posted on 23 Apr 2008, 8:54 by BarryK
Re: wireless wizard confusion
Yes. Well, I'm on the home run with 4.00, so don't want any major re-writes for now. Will have to consider that for 4.1.

I recently had to use a relative's Windows PC, and setup of wireless was very nice. Up front, it scanned and offered a list of wireless networks, and I just clicked on one to use it. That's how it should be, the steps clear and simple.

Posted on 25 Apr 2008, 19:44 by urban soul
net setup user interface
I planned to redo the UI for the network wizard, but I was unhappy about gtkdialog3. (In my UIs I use dropdown lists with checkboxes but gtkdialog can't do that). 'Tree' might be of interest, but have to learn more + current implementation seems to be buggy.