I am using a Fedora 13 OS and i see that in the network connections the WiFi thing has been disabled. Generally when there is a WiFi connection around it would show in the Wireless networks option, but it is not showing for me. What to do, in order to keep the WiFi mode always active.


I have tried the following

iwlist wlan0 power

It says the mode is off.

ifconfig wlan0 gives me the following output:

wlan0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:19:7D3:0C:FD
RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
RX bytes:0 (0.0 b) TX bytes:0 (0.0 b)

iwconfig has the following:

wlan0 IEEE 802.11bg Mode:Managed Access Point: Not-Associated
Tx-Power=20 dBm
Retry long limit:7 RTS thr:off Fragment thr:off
Power Management:off

  • You got your physical laptop wifi button switched on? You have the right firmware installed? (optional) You got a screenshot?
    – tshepang
    Nov 30, 2010 at 1:56
  • @chrandu1, please clarify "wifi thing". And like Tshepang mentioned, ensure that your wifi switch is set to 'on'.
    – Stefan
    Nov 30, 2010 at 7:39
  • @Stefan: i have my wifi button on, but still when i have wired network it gets connected, but when there is a wifi network it doesnt show the connections at all. How do i search for a wifi connection if i know that i am in an area with wifi conectivity
    – C.S.
    Dec 1, 2010 at 1:21
  • running this iwlist wlan0 scanning as root should show you a list of found devices... also see man iwlist and iwlist --help
    – Stefan
    Dec 1, 2010 at 8:10
  • @Stefan: it says interface doesnt support scanning network is down
    – C.S.
    Dec 1, 2010 at 8:16

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Why do you bother with weird iwconfig commands. Have you used "nm-applet" command? This is a GNOME Network Management applet. I tried to manage wireless connections with iwconfig on my Fedora's laptop but gave up. nm-applet does all the job you need. Just select auto-connect option for your wireless connection and it will connect you each time wifi is up.

I use this applet in PekWM window manager with bmpanel application. This is because Pekwm does not have panel itself.

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