Will wicd support 3g connections?

Asked by Alan Hartless on 2008-10-09

I see that network manager is now supporting 3g connections. I prefer wicd by far over network manager but the 3g option may drag me back. Is it in the schedule for wicd? 3g connections are becoming ever more popular and necessary for travelers.


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Dan O'Reilly (oreilldf) said : #1

There is no timetable for this right now. Mostly because no wicd developers have a 3g card to test with, and right now we don't have a framework for supporting more than just one wired and one wireless connection. We're planning on fixing the second problem in the coming weeks/months, but right now I don't think either of us plans on buying a 3g card. Once we have a framework in place we'd certainly welcome and provide support to anyone willing to try and develop a plugin.

Ivo (ivo-onraedt-be) said : #2

Hi Dan
We are 4 months further now. Still no timetable for incorporating 3G connections ?
NetworkManager 7.70 has still a lot of bugs... and Wicd is really stable and userfriendly ...

Dan O'Reilly (oreilldf) said : #3

We're still in the very early stages of developing a framework that would allow things like VPN and 3G to easily be integrated into wicd. Right now we're more focused on getting 1.6 released, which will add a lot of new features and improvements. Once that is out and stable we'll be able to shift our focus to creating a plugin framework for things like mobile broadband. It's going to require a pretty significant amount of work, so it's too early for me to try to estimate when it would be ready.

Stuart (stuart-ward) said : #4

I have added a blueprint to look at 3G support. I am willing to have a look at doing some of the work on this.

Ivo (ivo-onraedt-be) said : #5

Hi Stuart
I am very glad to hear that WICD-team is willing to look into 3G support.
We all realise that 3G is getting very popular in business environments (VPN connections with the company oàver the internet) and personal computing as well (remote areas without fixed line / xDSL).
I think a lot of people had to change over to NetworkManager because of this missing feature, not at all because of the "superior qualities" of NetworkManager.
I really hope it is not to late !

David Paleino (dpaleino) said : #6

David Paleino suggests this article as an answer to your question:
FAQ #1866: “Does Wicd support PPP, PPPoE, or Mobile Broadband?”.

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