Better WiFi reconnection with Wicd
The default WiFi network connection tool on Ubuntu/Xubuntu is NetworkManager, which does a pretty poor job. I’ve been using Wicd as a replacement for about six months, and it’s a lot better, despite a few significant bugs (that have now been fixed in the codebase, if not in the currently released version).
However, I find on my EeePC, running Xubuntu Hardy, that Wicd 1.4.2 doesn’t reliably reconnect automatically to known networks after waking from sleep.
Wicd installs a script to run when the computer wakes from sleep
/etc/acpi/resume.d/80-wicd-connect.sh with this
#!/bin/sh # Bring wifi network interface back up. /opt/wicd/autoconnect.py
autoconnect.py doesn’t. My
hypothesis is that the driver for the wireless gets unloaded on
suspend and reloaded on resume, and the pre-existing Wicd process
can no longer talk to whatever it was previously talking to. So I
decided to restart Wicd, too.
#!/bin/sh # Bring wifi network interface back up. #/opt/wicd/autoconnect.py /etc/init.d/wicd start
... and added a new file in
#!/bin/sh # Stop Wicd to restart after resume /etc/init.d/wicd stop
... which I made executable:
sudo chmod a+x /etc/acpi/suspend.d/80-wicd-stop.sh
And it seems to be reconnecting much more reliably so far, touch wood.