Every time I restore my computer from sleep or turn it on a window pops up asking for my wireless password. Once I enter it it connects successfully, but this happens every time. I'm using Ubuntu 11.10 with all updates installed. Shouldn't the password be remembered so you don't have to enter it every time I get on?

Anyone know why this is happening and how to fix it?

  • Could pm-powersave be the cause of your problem? My answer to http://askubuntu.com/questions/65001/how-to-connect-wirelessly-in-a-cafe-with-11-04/65606#65606 might apply:
    – waltinator
    Oct 13, 2011 at 3:05
  • any progress? same issue here Oct 18, 2011 at 15:43
  • I have this problem as well. When I first boot up my laptop computer, my computer logs in to my wireless network without any problem automatically. If I close the lid on my my laptop/suspend/hibernate computer, I keep getting prompted for my wireless network password, even though the prompt for my network actually shows that it has my password saved. My network connection properties also have the network settings saved for all users. It doesn't matter what desktop environment I use. Both Gnome 3.6 and Unity have the same problem. I'm using Ubuntu 13.04.
    – user139162
    Mar 10, 2013 at 15:35

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I had the same problem. To fix this. Go to your network connections. From there click on wireless tab. Choose your connection and then click the edit button. Make sure your password is entered then click on the wireless security tab. Then check the box in the bottom left corner that says available to all users. This is what fixed the problem for me.

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    YES! This fixed the problem! Oh my goodness, you just made my day! :) This has been bugging me for SO long.
    – codedude
    Nov 13, 2011 at 0:12
  • That would store the password outside of your user directory, right? Feb 15, 2012 at 14:45
  • This is not an option for me. I want to have a guest account without password, but I do not want them to see all of my wireless passwords. The password for my university wifi can be used also elsewhere, so I have to keep it really secret.
    – lumbric
    Jun 23, 2012 at 7:20
  • any option tom make it not ask, just retry with stored password... btw knetwork-manager just connect, not asks, it is only gnome
    – zb'
    Nov 27, 2012 at 4:32
  • Didn't work for me. Stupid prompt keeps pinging me for my password Jul 8, 2013 at 8:20

Here is a slight variation of Hugo's answer. For me the problem was occuring with a particular network despite the "All users may connect to this network" checkbox being already checked. So what I did was to uncheck the box, save, check the box, then save again. I know this seems retarded, but it solved the problem for me.


If you got the edit connections tab and look in wireless security. Is your password there. if not enter it and it should stay there.


The real issue for me was weak signal, I attached an external antenna to fix that. This is a bug and no workaround worked for me. It seems to be related to the gnome keyring, but I could not figure out why it pops up while the box is filled in (i.e. password is saved).

  • Had the same problem in Debian with OlinuXino. This answer helped me a lot, because I forgot to attach the antenna O:-)
    – DangeMask
    Sep 9, 2015 at 12:45

Are you using an automatic login or du you need to type your password into lightdm when you start your computer? In a previous ubuntu version I had a similar issue and removing the automatic login did the trick. This is/was some strange security policy and I don't know if this solution will work for Ubuntu 11.10 / Gnome 3 but maybe this still works.


It's probably related to this bug

I have a variant of the bug, in which it created multiple prompts, but after a while managed to connect... turns out that in my case the issue was due to some duplicate connection configs of the same wifi


I don't know how to fix that behavior but I do know an alternative method of security that's not as strong as the password but will still keep the many unwanted users off your network and not query you on every boot up. Set up MAC address blocking in your router and disable the password. Open up your browser and connect to the router. Frequently, a router password will also be required. You'll then be able to look through the router's menu tree to find where it configures MAC address blocking. It's a good idea to set your router password to something other than the default. On my TRENDnet router the default password was "admin." You can find the correct IP and default password in the documentation that came with your router. If you can't find it you can download a new manual from the manufacturer.

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    That is a terrible idea. It is the equivalent of fixing an issue with a front door that keeps locking you out by removing the lock and planting a tree in front of the door, hoping that nobody will notice the house...
    – dovetalk
    Feb 29, 2012 at 13:56
  • I don't have reputation on askubuntu.com enough to vote it down, but I would definitely do that if I could.
    – Bart
    Apr 22, 2012 at 14:36
  • I've made a suggestion that works with a caution that you're less protected than with a password. It isn't to Bart's liking so it's appropriate to recommend against my answer but to vote down a correct answer is hardly appropriate.
    – fragos
    Apr 23, 2012 at 1:25
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    For everybody reading this: DON'T DO THAT! MAC addresses can be spoofed EASILY. Anyone can put its wireless card in promiscuous mode near your house, capture a few packets, take note of MAC addresses in the network and then replace its own MAC with a valid one to have full access to your network. WEP is not an option, MAC filtering is not an option, just WPA/WPA2 provide an acceptable level of security today.
    – Avio
    Jul 13, 2012 at 9:15
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    It's not a correct answer. The questions were "Shouldn't the password be remembered so you don't have to enter it every time I get on? Anyone know why this is happening and how to fix it?". The problem isn't that it's less secure than a password, it's that it's not secure at all.
    – Olathe
    Apr 8, 2013 at 12:11

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