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PeasyWiFi - a reliable WiFi connection manager
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rcrsn51


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PostPosted: Thu 05 Jan 2017, 08:18    Post subject:  

@zygo: No reply? Too bad. This could have been useful information for other community members.

I don't know much about 3g dongles, but I thought that they presented themselves as tty devices, so you had to use modem software.

Is this device presenting itself as an ethernet adapter named usb0? Does it show up in "ifconfig -a"? In that case, open the file /etc/pwf/interaces and change "eth0" to "usb0".

Run PWF. Under the Ethernet tab, configure this usb0 interface. Then do a Reconnect. This assumes that you have configured PWF as your primary network manager.
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zygo

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PostPosted: Fri 06 Jan 2017, 00:37    Post subject:  

rcrsn51,

Firstly, I read on another post of some years past that one could make the change to /etc/pwf/interaces that you suggest and it would work but it doesn't. Secondly, this was with PeasyWifi either v3.4 or v3.6 whichever I thought was current at the time of the post.

Your first reply was very effective. When the I/F button returned a window with no list it prompted me to copy the newest SNS files I had to hand (from Barry's quiky-xerus-pi) to the Raspbery Pi. That worked but with a few errors on the command line ad GUI.

I've had a few 3g dongles but this latest one (or 2) presents itself as an ethernet adapter named usb0. In FatDogArm it shows up in "ifconfig" but only after I use the "up" option of ifconfig. It is listed as "wired" in SNS even though it's 3g.

I hope to try your latest PeasyWifi in FatDogArm on the RaspPi soon. Just to be clear, where should I enter "usb0" in /etc/pwf/interaces? The line
Code:
ETH1="eth1"
should become what?

Thanks PeasyWifi has saved my bacon, on WiFi, in the past.
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PostPosted: Fri 06 Jan 2017, 07:51    Post subject:  

zygo wrote:
In FatDogArm it shows up in "ifconfig" but only after I use the "up" option of ifconfig. It is listed as "wired" in SNS even though it's 3g.

That's why I suggested the command "ifconfig -a". It will show all interfaces, whether they are up or not.

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When the I/F button returned a window with no list it prompted me to copy the newest SNS files I had to hand (from Barry's quiky-xerus-pi) to the Raspbery Pi. That worked but with a few errors on the command line ad GUI.

That was bad advice. Your dongle is not a WiFi adapter, so it won't show under the main I/F button.

Instead, open the file /etc/pwf/interfaces and change:
Code:
ETH1="usb0"

There are several more steps.

1. Restart PWF and open the Ethernet section.
2. Select the new usb0 interface for DHCP and click Configure.
3. Select your current eth0 interface and configure it as Disabled.
4. Click Check. You should see a dummy file named "usb0.dhcp".
5. Click Reconnect.

Be aware that if you are already using SNS as the default connection manager, you may have trouble switching to PWF. There are instructions on the main post for doing this.

I have high confidence that this procedure will work in Puppy, but I cannot comment on the non-Puppy platforms you are using.

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PostPosted: Fri 17 Mar 2017, 00:16    Post subject: I jump to 4.1  

peasy Wifi 2.8 was my version until now.. I jump to 4.1 . For keeping connected longer.. Good work again rcrsn51 Smile
Sommetime i ask myself why to buy a laptop if my Puppy keeps me linked at home. Devs should think about kernels with no drivers available.
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PostPosted: Sat 25 Mar 2017, 10:24    Post subject:  

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PostPosted: Mon 27 Mar 2017, 23:34    Post subject:  

PWF v4.2 posted above. See the new Update note regarding Ethernet interface names.
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PostPosted: Wed 29 Mar 2017, 03:23    Post subject:  

Peasywifi 4.2 adapted for Fatdog: http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?p=949465#949465. Inside, there is a file called "install/slack-note" which explains the adaptation that I've done.
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PostPosted: Mon 17 Apr 2017, 09:16    Post subject:  

Withdrawn due to lack of feedback.
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PostPosted: Mon 17 Apr 2017, 14:37    Post subject: Re: PeasyWiFi - a reliable WiFi connection manager  

rcrsn51 wrote:
Update: Some new Puppies have the annoying habit of changing their WiFi interface names, like when you move a Puppy install to different hardware or if you plug in a different USB adapter. In PWF, this is not a problem - just click the I/F button to see the new name, then update your Config.

But the same thing can happen with Ethernet interfaces - eth0 may get renamed as eth1. PWF v4.2 adds a new I/F button to the Ethernet page that lists your current wired devices. In the event of a change, you could disable eth0 and enable eth1 for DHCP.


Thanks, this is a nice touch. I'll try it out. When I move pups between different hardware or update kernels, one of the files I scrub from the savefile is /root/.etc/udev/rules.d/70-persistent-net.rules. This prevents much of the renaming/ethernet port number 'climbing'. The file is regenerated correctly for the new hardware and kernel on first boot in the new environment.

PWF is used on all my machines and pups and is greatly appreciated.

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PostPosted: Mon 01 May 2017, 03:23    Post subject: now i will remove frisbee when i install PeasyWifi  

last news : now i will remove frisbee when i install PeasyWifi in my Puppies. Frisbee garbles PeasyWifi. Without everything works (Slaxen 6.3.2, wlan1, kernel 3.14.55, dongle assisted wireless connexion)
ndiswrapper : always have failed until now. But i linked to Windows hard disk files. Getting ndiswrapper outside on a pendrive would be worth a try.
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PostPosted: Mon 01 May 2017, 08:57    Post subject: Re: now i will remove frisbee when i install PeasyWifi  

Pelo wrote:
Getting ndiswrapper outside on a pendrive would be worth a try.

I have noticed the following with some WiFi adapters that I have bought recently. Even though they still provide an XP driver on their setup CD, they no longer work with ndiswrapper.
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PostPosted: Tue 02 May 2017, 07:28    Post subject:  

PWF uses udhcpc to acquire an IP address and DNS server from your ISP. But in rare cases, you may want to choose a different DNS server, like Google's 8.8.8.8.

1. Go to /etc and create a file named resolv.conf.head as follows:
Code:
nameserver 8.8.8.8
nameserver 8.8.4.4

2. Reboot and connect.
3. Check the file /etc/resolv.conf
4. To restore your ISP's choice of DNS server, just delete the file /etc/resolv.conf.head

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PostPosted: Wed 10 May 2017, 20:34    Post subject:  

Still v4.2 but with a new post-install script. There is new logic in woof for selecting a connection manager, and PWF stays compatible.

You only need the upgrade for woof-built Puppies released after 2017-05-01. But it is backwards compatible with older Puppies.

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PostPosted: Wed 10 May 2017, 22:22    Post subject: Modifications for scientists.  

Modifications for scientists. I will continue using peasywifi as usual. Frightened to break something not working bad.. Yet there is a part of chance when i am successful.
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PostPosted: Sun 16 Jul 2017, 09:32    Post subject:  

PWF v4.3 adds a new "quick-connect" function to the Profile page.

Some wireless access points, like WiFi-Direct printers, have the annoying habit of changing their SSID, forcing you to make a new profile with each change. Now you can join the AP just by clicking the Connect button and entering the WPA2 passphrase.

You can also use this feature for a one-time connection to a secure network.
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