So my WiFi can connect with WICD, but not the default KDE network manager. I would like to know why. Do both these applications handle the connection differently? If so what would the difference be?

My hardware is a Broadcom 4313. I've tried the STA drivers and the open source drivers, and a few other options with Network Manager. None of which worked. In fact, everything was working fine for a while, just that one day, it didn't. I can't identify what i did to trigger this issue though.

And to be more specific: Even with network manager, I could connect to open connections (the ones without a password), I can connect to WPA connections, just not to one particular WEP.


You must remove network-manager to get wicd to work, or vise-versa. Both the network-manager and wicd can not work together. Please refer this URL: https://wiki.debian.org/WiFi/HowToUse

You must remove network-manager to get wicd to work. Check to see if network-manager is installed and see if, after you installed the driver, your wireless is already working in the notification area of your desktop manager. You may already be good to go.

wicd (Wireless Interface Connection Daemon) is a lightweight alternative to NetworkManager. It is environment-independent, making it suitable for all desktop environments, including GNOME, Xfce, LXDE, and Fluxbox. Like NetworkManager, wicd is configured via a graphical interface. Your wireless interface should not be referenced within Ubuntu/Debian's /etc/network/interfaces file.


Ubuntu does not come with Broadcom support. To start off, connect via Ethernet cable and open terminal. Run the commands:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade b43-fwcutter

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