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When I right click on the nm-applet and choose to disable wireless, it turns wireless off. Fair enough, but when I reboot, wireless is magically back on again.

That's just an example, but more generally, in a system with multiple cards, can network manager be made to remember their status? (Like the way Windows will allow you enable/disable a NIC).

I believe that you can disable a NIC permanently by editing files, but I'm hoping for a more ad-hoc situation - if it would just remember my choice, that would be grand.

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Please consider filling a bug report about this if you can't find one already. – João Pinto Jan 18 '11 at 21:56
This question is probably relevant: Disable wireless on startup – ændrük Jan 19 '11 at 2:10
Thanks ændrük. There's no perfect answers in that question, sadly. I think I'll be better off filing a bug about this. – Scaine Jan 21 '11 at 9:06
up vote 2 down vote accepted
  • Right click on the icon in the notification area
  • Edit Connections...
  • Click on the connection
  • Click Edit
  • Untick/uncheck "Connect automatically"
  • Click Apply

Should work.

Or if you want to disable wireless, many laptops have a physical switch to disable wireless. Obviously that is remembered until you turn the switch back to On.

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That's a good point. Doesn't your WIFI card from broadcasting away in the background though. I'll accept this answer for you Mikel, since I don't think there's a way to do what I'm wanting currently. – Scaine Jan 23 '11 at 14:11

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