Switching between cable and wireless

You will most likely need non-free firmware to be available on a USB-stick to install on the operating system. Please refer to non-free firmware debs on a stick.

The easiest way to switch between a wired LAN connection and a wireless LAN connection is using the daemon ifplugd. It is installed by default.

Adjust your /etc/network/interfaces

First step to take is to make sure the eth0 is not configured:

ifdown eth0
Example for a working interfaces:

The configuration is easy: - the wired interface (here: eth0) should not be preceded by any configuration like "allow-hotplug" or others:

auto lo
iface lo inet loopback

# governed by ifplugd ... do not use allow-hotplug or auto options
iface eth0 inet dhcp

Then reconfigure ifplugd:

dpkg-reconfigure ifplugd
Debconf settings of ifplugd

Leave static interfaces free:

Static interfaces

Add your wired interface (here "eth0") to "hotplugged interfaces":

Hotplugged interfaces

Help page for custom configurations:

Configuration help

Leave the default configurations, just hit OK:

Default configuration

Tell ifplugd to stop before suspend, it will be restarted after resume automatically:

Suspend behaviour

The result is a configuration file /etc/default/ifplugd containing:

ARGS="-q -f -u0 -d10 -w -I"

Your computer is now set up to move between various networks including wireless. To set up for wireless roaming refer to Setting up for WiFi Roaming with wpa.

Content last revised 06/11/2011 1400 UTC