If my computer is on without an network connection(e.g. the router is rebooted, the network cable is unplugged, etc), it won't connect at all until I fix the connection then reboot the computer. How can I make the network manager automatically connect to a new network?

EDIT: Here is the log file edited to only show Network Manager. It only show a couple hours as the file is somewhat repetitive.

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    By default, Network Manager should automatically attempt to connect when possible. If yours only works after rebooting, this sounds like a bug.
    – ændrük
    Dec 14 '10 at 23:49
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    Is this the same problem you asked about in this question?
    – ændrük
    Dec 14 '10 at 23:58
  • @Aendruk: A bug in what? In the comments below his answer, Stefano Palazzo Told me to ask this question. That question asks why, this questions ask how to fix it. Just making sure I cover all bases before assuming it's a bug.
    – John
    Dec 15 '10 at 0:16
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    It seems like a bug, certainly. This question is to find out how to work around it, or if it's an issue of configuration. Dec 15 '10 at 0:21
  • @John Possibly network-manager, nm-applet, or the network interface driver. In order to find out, it would help to know what items are listed in the "Wired Network" section of the menu that appears when you click the NetworkManager Applet, what driver is in use, whether shroff's suggestion works, and whether there are any error messages from NetworkManager in System ▸ Administration ▸ Log File Viewer ▸ daemon.log, for a start.
    – ændrük
    Dec 15 '10 at 2:25

I think you can open your network manger, then open your normally chosen network connection. You then can put a click in the connect automatically, it's at the top.


I find that simply unplugging my ethernet cable and and plugging it in again works. It has to do with the device not pick up that the cable is connected.

I also use mii-tool

sudo mii-tool -v  
eth1: negotiated 1000baseT-FD flow-control, link ok  
  product info: vendor 00:07:32, model 17 rev 2  
  basic mode:   autonegotiation enabled  
  basic status: autonegotiation complete, link ok  
  capabilities: 1000baseT-HD 1000baseT-FD 100baseTx-FD 100baseTx-HD 10baseT-FD 10baseT-HD  
  advertising:  1000baseT-FD 100baseTx-FD 100baseTx-HD 10baseT-FD 10baseT-HD flow-control  
  link partner: 1000baseT-HD 1000baseT-FD 100baseTx-FD 100baseTx-HD 10baseT-FD 10baseT-HD flow-control  

sudo mii-tool -R reset MII to poweron state
sudo mii-tool -r restart autonegotiation


For what its worth I noticed some WARN lines output in the syslog but I have exactly the same lines and do not have the same problem.

I always tell my son not to be afraid to ask stupid questions so here goes.. is the Network Applet - Edit Connections - Eth2 - Edit - "Connect Automatically" checked?

  • Yes it is. Remember this is an old question. I have not had to reboot my router since asking this so I don't know if this is still a problem.
    – John
    Jun 22 '11 at 3:59

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