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PeasyWiFi - a reliable WiFi connection manager
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Pelo


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PostPosted: Tue 26 Aug 2014, 06:05    Post subject:  PeasyWIFI est magique en France
Subject description: Yes !
 

PeasyWIFI est magique en France. (is magic !)
My settings : Computer Medion P7624 (low-cost).
Wifi driver iwlagn wext
ADSL supplier : SFR WIFI FON
public network

Just to click on open, and choose SFR WIFI FON among the three proposals. And open seamonkey in my Racy 5.3, write my very secret password, and we go.
"Parfait, bravo !" s'exclame Pelo, en français, bien sûr.

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rcrsn51


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Location: Stratford, Ontario

PostPosted: Tue 26 Aug 2014, 06:49    Post subject: Re: PeasyWIFI est magique en France
Subject description: Yes !
 

Pelo wrote:
PeasyWIFI est magique en France.

Merci!

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Just to click on open, and choose SFR WIFI FON among the three proposals. And open seamonkey in my Racy 5.3, write my very secret password, and we go.

So you never need to create a profile?

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Wifi driver iwlagn wext

Other users have reported problems with these iwl drivers disconnecting. It's nice to hear that PWF works for you.

I would be very interested in hearing from anyone who is now managing their wired Ethernet through PWF.

Thanks.
Bill
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Pelo


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PostPosted: Tue 26 Aug 2014, 07:54    Post subject: Better than words, a video
Subject description: ISO remasterized with PeasyWifi.
 

Better than words, a video. I speak french, but everyone will see how easy is the connection Click for it.
After all day long working (playing) with my Racy 5.3, alwaus surfing to forums, wireless connected, with ...
PeasyWifi. No break, Not only one. Aussi, merci again.
I remasterized my Racy 30 minutes ago, with different video tools (Avidemux 2.5.1 runs audio on Racy if you add it some libADM), Xvidcap, pupsaveconfig, etc...) and PeasysyWifi.
The question i am asking myself : should i have to remove built-in SNS and other connection wizards ? I didn't do.
All is working nice with the new ISO. Wireless connected in ... 15 seconds.
Ethernet : i am 600 kms far from my box. sorry, no cable available.
Smile 29aug2014: wifi instable super Lucid, Peasywifi ! all become Ok, no disturb with deconnect.

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greengeek

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PostPosted: Tue 26 Aug 2014, 15:13    Post subject:  

Does anyone know if Puppy has an inbuilt mechanism to handle the situation where a wifi router changes its broadcast channel? I had a problem at work with a wireless printer dropping off the network because it had no mechanism for keeping up with the channel changes that were occurring.

Could some of the wifi dropoffs being experienced by some Puppy users be triggered by such a channel change issue?
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gcmartin

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PostPosted: Wed 27 Aug 2014, 02:28    Post subject:  

greengeek wrote:
... I had a problem at work with a wireless printer dropping off the network because it had no mechanism for keeping up with the channel changes that were occurring. ...
Some companies may have routers where they regularly do a "wireless shift channel change" as some sort of security measure. There are several ways to combat this. One of the prevalent for some printers is a technology where it polls and should a timeout occur, it will recycle the network request for service. This, of course, assumes that the wifi network name has NOT changed, merely the broadcast channel. The reconnect will occur on whatever the new channel is used by the router.

Not sure how a PUP handle this, with the various Wifi subsystems available.

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rcrsn51


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PostPosted: Wed 27 Aug 2014, 05:49    Post subject:  

PWF v2.9 has a few cosmetic changes.

The poorly named View button on the toolbar has been moved to the Profile section and renamed Check. This makes it consistent with the Check button in Ethernet.

The original View button is now called Info and runs the Puppy ipinfo utility.
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Scooby

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PostPosted: Wed 27 Aug 2014, 14:38    Post subject: Re: PeasyWIFI est magique en France
Subject description: Yes !
 

rcrsn51 wrote:

I would be very interested in hearing from anyone who is now managing their wired Ethernet through PWF.


I will have use of this feature and give feedback
Not much time at the moment though
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PostPosted: Thu 28 Aug 2014, 12:21    Post subject:  

I will test. BUT, assuming it addresses Wired and addresses WiFi, would a more appropriate name be in order showing its wider use... assuming successful tests?
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gcmartin

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PostPosted: Thu 28 Aug 2014, 14:48    Post subject:  

Tested Ethernet using EmSee V2.2
  1. AOpen PPM and remove installed PeasyWiFi (PeasyWiFi taskbar entry remained after unninstall)
  2. Install PeasyWiFi V2.9
  3. Open terminal
  4. "down" eth0 via
    Code:
    ifconfig eth0 down

  5. Open PeasyWiFi via taskbar
  6. Click the Ethernet Tab (I see nothing which indicates a DHCP connection ability)
  7. Go back to first Tab and click "connect"
    Status: No eth0 connection
  8. Click Restart button
    Status: No eth0 connection
Results Summary
I see no way to start/restart the DHCP connection from "Puppy Easy" (pEasyWifi)

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PostPosted: Thu 28 Aug 2014, 16:02    Post subject:  

As with all Puppy connection managers, PWF does Ethernet connections at bootup. Did you not try that? I will add a message to make this more obvious.

As you know, PWF once had a toolbar button for reconnecting eth0. But it was removed several versions ago in favour of rebooting.

The Connect screen is for WiFi connections only, not Ethernet. The only profile you could have picked would be for a WiFi connection. So of course, it could not bring up eth0.

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I see no way to start/restart the DHCP connection from "Puppy Easy" (pEasyWifi)

Give it a rest. Unlike other Puppy developers who eventually give in to your incessant wheedling, I have no intention of renaming the program.

Thanks for testing.
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Ibidem

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PostPosted: Thu 28 Aug 2014, 17:29    Post subject:  

I'd like to mention a potential problem for wireless managers that I've seen on occasion. (So far, the only tools I've found that get this right are the Debian networking scripts and a set of scripts I wrote.)
The problem only affects some out-of-tree drivers in areas with very marginal signal strength (I saw it with madwifi; also, ISTR seeing it with the out-of-tree Realtek 8192se driver.)
If the DHCP client is started before the connection completes, it can result in a kernel panic.

The way to avoid this is to use wpa_cli, as described here:
http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=83536&sid=4c625b3a2140a501681cd6a928a786e5
A simple implementation is part of https://github.com/idunham/wpanet; you can find it at sbin/wpa_dhcp

However, the approach I took is extremely simplistic; you will probably want a much lengthier script if you use that approach.
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PostPosted: Fri 29 Aug 2014, 12:49    Post subject:  

Randy or whatever your name wrote:
...incessant wheedling...
You requested we test and provide feedback. I didnt!

Dont worry, I wont ever contribute anything for your consideration again.

From one fellow countryman to another.

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PostPosted: Fri 29 Aug 2014, 16:19    Post subject:  

I had a look.

Since I'm on alphaos I have to tweak peasywifi to work.

I am not done but I have a question.

When you set a wifi connection to auto-start does peasywifi automatically disable
default auto-start of ethernet?

Or is the flow to

1. Go to ethernet tab and choose mode: disable --> push Configure
2. Go to Auto tab, turn on autostart for a wifi profile
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PostPosted: Fri 29 Aug 2014, 17:16    Post subject:  

Scooby wrote:
When you set a wifi connection to auto-start does peasywifi automatically disable
default auto-start of ethernet?

No. PWF doesn't make that kind of decision for you. There are two scenarios.

1. Leave eth0 enabled. If the Ethernet cable is disconnected, it will silently fail. Meanwhile, your auto wifi connection will occur.

2. Explicitly disable eth0 and auto-connect the wifi. Of course, you will need to remember to reconnect eth0 the next time you plug back in to Ethernet!

In my tests, there is no speed penalty to using #1.
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labbe5

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PostPosted: Fri 12 Sep 2014, 11:54    Post subject: comment about PeasyWifi
Subject description: very good app_A must have
 

Hi,


I would like to thank you for sharing this app with Puppy users. Finally, i can use my preffered Puppy online, without being frequently interrupted, the connexion now is stable, and i can dowload stuff, knowing the downloads will be completed in due time.
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