Ubuntu – How to prevent wireless network asking password when briefly out of range


When I'm connected to a wireless network from quite far away I sometimes briefly lose the connection. Then Network Manager prompts me to re-confirm the password as if it suspected that was the problem that caused the loss of connection (the password is already filled in in the dialog box).

  1. Is this normal behaviour?

  2. Can I prevent it from happening and have Network Manager automatically reconnect without the password dialog box when the wireless network comes back into range?

I'm using 10.04 (32bit, Gnome) on an Acer Aspire one.

Best Answer

1) Yes. Or at least, it's always done the same for me!

2) Not directly. You can edit the connection to prevent it connecting automatically, which is one workaround.

Alternatively, when it asks for the password just click Cancel, then select the network again from the Network Manager icon; it will reconnect as normal (using the stored password).

Wireless settings