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Friday, December 23rd 2005, 3:58pm

Laptop static and DHCP switch

I hope this is not asked a million times before but I couldn't find it anyway.
I'm looking for a tool which makes it easy to switch from static ip (both wireless and cable) to dhcp (both to) for use on the job and other networks.
I use static at home for p2p and other things (sometimes cable sometimes wireless) but the rest of the time I need the laptop to be set to dhcp and discover the network (at work, friends house etc). I hate to say but a friends laptop using win makes this a breeze. I'll stick to debian and KDE for ever but would really like to know if there is a tool which can do this. Perhaps setup a profile 'home' which makes both the wireless and cable static and a profile 'outside home' for dhcp. I've tried a bunch of utils and some do what I want but the laptop is also used by my girlfriend who has no linux knowlidge so I need a gui. Is there any KDE based app out there that is what I need?

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This post has been edited 1 times, last edit by "powadha" (Dec 23rd 2005, 3:58pm)


Saturday, December 24th 2005, 5:41am

RE: Laptop static and DHCP switch

powadha you are not alone.

Hopefully someone more experienced than me (almost anyone) will be able to shed some light on our delima. I have a laptop with Linspire (Lindows) with KDE 3.3.2 and as described in the KDE man, in the Control panel under 'Network' there is there is a listing for 'Network Settings & Profile'. There are tabs for TCP/IP, Wireless, and FIrewall with a dropdown selection for DHCP, Static, and PPPoE, and an 'Enable' checkbox.

I installed PC-BSD on my wife's laptop and luckily the Network and Internet were recognized because using KDE 3.4 there is no option listed for 'Network Settings & Profile' I can't find where to set DHCP, nor is there a place to set the Workgroup (MS) under the 'Local Network Browsing' option as there is in 3.3.2. No big deal 'cause it works fine.

However, I just bought a really nice new laptop (AMD64 with Gentoo preinstalled) and KDE 3.4. This one does not recognize the network or the Internet and I'll be damned if I can find a place to set the DHCP or the workgroup (except in Samba).

Is this an example of KDE being new and improved and less intuitive? Was the 'Network Settings & Profile' section moved somewhere else in 3.4?

Sorry for piggy backing on your question but maybe someone knows the answer for both of us. Any and all insight would be appreciated.