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I'd like to move up and down available wireless access points, setting priorities as we can do in MS Windows. I can't remember to have ever succeded in this since using network-manager. Maybe something with conf files is possible...

I'm not interested in different netowrk managers.

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WiFi Radar is a Python/PyGTK2 utility for managing WiFi profiles. It enables you to scan for available networks and create profiles for your preferred networks. At boot time, running WiFi Radar will automatically scan for an available preferred network and connect to it. You can drag and drop your preferred networks to arrange the profile priority. 1

Install WiFi Radar, just press Ctrl+Alt+T on your keyboard to open Terminal. When it opens, run the command below.

sudo apt-get install wifi-radar

Install via the software center

To run it,

sudo wifi-radar

WiFi Radar has a new version 2.0 it can be downloaded from their website. Or download it from Here

1Source: Ubuntu Geek

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Do I need to add it manually to startup applications? – jasmines Jul 20 '12 at 6:46
If you want it to automatically start, then yes. – Mitch Jul 20 '12 at 10:58
What if I don't? Will the priorities be ignored or remembered? – jasmines Jul 20 '12 at 11:35
You didn't downvote the question, but you did the answer. This has been tried with 12.10, 13.04, 13.10, and Fedora, and it works perfect out of the box. Plus the fact that this question is over a year old. Try the new release. WiFi Radar has a new version 2.0 it can be downloaded from their website. The website has also the need documentations. – Mitch Nov 16 '13 at 10:16
@Kasisnu I've fixed the link, and added another one as well. Thanks. – Mitch Sep 12 '14 at 14:10

Apparently in 2014 NM team introduced such a feature -- to specify priorities for different networks. There is now connection.autoconnect-priority. provides lots of information on how to interface NetworkManager via nmcli.

For example with nmcli -f NAME,UUID,AUTOCONNECT,AUTOCONNECT-PRIORITY c you can list known networks and see their default priority to be 0.

Now I have ran nmcli connection modify HOME-WIFI connection.autoconnect-priority 10 to give my home WiFi higher priority. I have the same work wifi points available at home as well, but need to connect to HOME-WIFI when I am home. That command heavily rewritten /etc/NetworkManager/system-connections/HOME-WIFI which added autoconnect-priority=10 into [connection] section - time will show if it works as it should.

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these features don’t seem to have arrived to LTS (14.04) yet(?) :( – törzsmókus Feb 18 at 17:26

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