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PostPosted: Sat Aug 11, 2012 8:07 pm    Post subject: Frequent disconnects with wicd and inactivity Reply with quote

Hello all,

I recently ditched XFCE for an Openbox-only window manager, and with it I decided to get rid of NetworkManager in favor of wicd.

It seems to work just fine, except after a period of inactivity, the WiFi connection is dropped.

I have tried multiple networks, and the behavior is the same across the board, although all are using WPA2 (I cannot access networks that use other/no encryptions).

I have found that if I ping google (or some other server, the connection seems to be much more stable, and will stay up (so far it's been up for a half hour which is significantly longer than average before).

I have enabled auto-reconnect, however it doesn't seem to work very well.

Since I don't know too much about wicd, I'm not sure what exactly to post about it other than the symptoms, but hopefully someone else has run across this and has some tips. I am using the GTK interface of it. If this doesn't work, I may just jump to something else. Thanks!
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2012 3:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What do you have under the "advanced" and "external" tabs? I'll compare it to mine and maybe that will help you figure it out.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2012 4:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Advanced
  • WPA Supplicant Driver - wext
  • Backend - ioctl
  • Debugging - unchecked
  • Wireless Interface - dBm - checked
  • Ping static gateways after connceting to verify association


External
  • DHCP - dhcpcd
  • The rest are all automatic


Thanks so much for the help!
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2012 1:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My external settings are the same as yours, but these are my advanced settings:

Driver: wext
Backend: external
Debug: unchecked
Use dBm: unchecked
Ping static: checked

Try adjusting your driver or backend and see if that helps. I never get disconnected unless I tell it to do so.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 15, 2012 2:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I switched from ioctl to external just now, and it seems to be performing well so far. Thanks for the tip! It would have probably disconnected by now.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 15, 2012 1:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Glad to help. :)
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