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== Contingency Plan ==
== Contingency Plan ==

Revision as of 13:46, 3 July 2008

Connection Sharing


Connection sharing allows to easily set up an ad-hoc network on a machine with a network connection and a spare wireless card.


  • Name: DanWilliams

Current status

  • Targeted release: Fedora 10
  • Last updated: 2008-07-02
  • Percentage of completion: 100%

Detailed Description

nm-applet has had a "Create New Wireless Network" menuitem for a long time, but it has never been functional. This feature is about making it work.

When you create a new network, you have to specify the name of the network and what kind of wireless security to use, then NetworkManager sets up the wireless card to work as an access point that others can connect to. The routing will be set up between the new network and the other network connection, and dhcp is used for assigning ip addresses on the new network.

Benefit to Fedora

Connection sharing is very useful in any place where you find many networks and only a limited number of network connections, such as conferences.


This feature requires changes to nm-applet and maybe NetworkManager.

Test Plan

Have two laptops, one with a network connection and a spare wireless card, and another one. Set up a shared connection on the first laptop, and verify that you can connect to it from the other laptop, and browse the web.

Repeat this test with different wireless security settings, and also with different operating systems on the second laptop.

User Experience

User enjoys an even better wireless networking experience.



Contingency Plan

Leave the existing Connection Sharing UI in nm-applet nonfunctional.


Release Notes