maemo.org Bugzilla – Full Text Bug Listing
|Summary:||Try connect to all available connections if no previously saved ones exist|
|Product:||[Maemo Official Platform] Connectivity||Reporter:||Russ Nelson <nelson>|
|Status:||RESOLVED WONTFIX||QA Contact:||wifi-bugs|
|Priority:||High||CC:||andre_klapper, bugzilla770, maemo, quim.gil|
STEPS TO REPRODUCE THE PROBLEM: Try to go online in a location where you have no saved connections. EXPECTED OUTCOME: Connection manager should try all open access points: <ol> <li>Associate. If that works, <li>DHCP to get an address. If that works, <li>ping the default router. If that works, <li>do a DNS call to look up nokia.com. If that works, stop searching. </ol> ACTUAL OUTCOME: You're presented with a list of access points and the only way to get online is to try them all just like a computer program would, checking each one in turn to see if it gets you online, or if it traps you at a login screen. REPRODUCIBILITY: (always/sometimes/once) always EXTRA SOFTWARE INSTALLED: OTHER COMMENTS: User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:1.8) Gecko/20051202 Fedora/1.5-0.fc4 Firefox/1.5
Normally people connect to Networks they know about instead of wardriving. ;-) -> Enhancement.
Please don't fix bugs that I report.
Sorry, that's a bit ridiculous. It's still up to devs to decide what to fix or not, and this is a totally valid request. Reopening.
Name, security level and signal strength are variables that help you figuring out what is the next connection you want to try. How often do you find yourself in a situation where there are multiple open networks and there is a chance of finding one 100% free? Your proposal is interesting but raises some questions: - A connection requiring login but no payment would be refused, but perhaps the user would be interested about that one. - A connection 100% free might have a signal strength or bandwith unbearable, yet following your proposal would get the priority. I might be wrong (this is not my domain) but it looks like it is simple just to let the user find out the most appropriate connection based on the current information. In my own experience either there is a single possibility to connect for free and is clear, either no real chance to connect for free, either the connections available are too poor to be used anyway. No matter what, it doesn't take me more than 1-2 minutes to realize.
Nokia created and distributed an application that already did this kind of thing - it was called ParkWiFi. I'm not entirely sure if it would facilitate "wardriving" but it had a smarter WiFi scan function than that built into the OS and would automatically connect to available networks. Maybe it could/should be open sourced as I doubt it's compatible with Diablo. 1. http://www.nseries.com/770experience_2/wifi.htm
I couldn't find any reference to that app in the link.
(In reply to comment #6) > I couldn't find any reference to that app in the link. > At least two webpages link to http://www.parkwifi.nokia.com/1,21,,,202.html which does not exist anymore: http://www.e-series.org/archives/104 http://net9.blogspot.com/2006/09/parkwifi-software-from-nokia.html
Setting HIGH visibility. All this happened before I joined. I need to ask, after the holidays. http://web.archive.org/web/20071014003814/http://parkwifi.nokia.com/ http://web.archive.org/web/20071014014944/parkwifi.nokia.com/1,21,,,202.html Says: --------------- ParkWiFi Detector This handy application will automatically detect a free Nokia ParkWiFi network in the range and get you connected in quickly. (...) ParkCast With ParkCast you can listen to radio over the WiFi on your mobile. If you have the Nokia 770 Internet tablet you can download ParkWiFi Detector and ParkCast applications to get connected and listen to radio. -----------
If this is implemented please make it user-configurable and set to off by default. Connecting and using random access points (even if open) may be illegal in certain jurisdictions and should not be done without the user's explicit instruction. Parkwifi is quite different in that it detects specific Nokia-provided access points that the user is authorised to use.