NetworkManager 0.7 and static IP - how ?!?

Rick Bilonick rab at
Tue Mar 11 21:13:40 UTC 2008

On Tue, 2008-03-11 at 16:30 -0400, Bill Davidsen wrote:
> Frank Cox wrote:
> > On Mon, 10 Mar 2008 18:33:21 -0400
> > "Kevin J. Cummings" <cummings at> wrote:
> > 
> >> *OR* you tell your laptop to *NOT* use DHCP for the ethernet interface,
> >> and configure your static address using system-config-network.
> > 
> > I think you would then lose the benefit of using Network Manager.  It's easiest
> > (in my opinion) to let Network Manager handle all network connections on a
> > laptop that moves around from place to place.
> > 
> >>  This may
> >> ultimately involve using some sort of network profiles if your static
> >> address at home differs from your static address at work.
> > 
> > Again, Network Manager will do all of the dirty work for you, if you just set
> > up your dhcp server to provide a static address to your machine if it's
> > required.
> > 
> Frank, unless I totally misread the the original post, there is no "your 
> dhcp server" to configure to anything, he has been told to use a static 
> IP address. That means his computer doesn't ask for an IP, it uses the 
> same IP all the time.
> I found that it is possible to remove the NM software and own your 
> computer again. Then you use one script to start using DHCP and one for 
> each static IP you use (I never had more than two).
> I also have a script to start the WiFi NIC, which so far is always DHCP.
> NM is one of those things which works really well as long as you 
> structure your computer use to do things the way it wants (sounds like 
> Windows, doesn't it). When you do something out of the ordinary it's 
> often easier to do it manually.
> Using a laptop as an AP to a wired network connection comes to mind as 
> another one of the things which is easier to do by hand, using familiar 
> tools. I'm unconvinced that you can get NM to do it at all, but I make 
> no pretense of being an expert in NM guru-level configuration.
> -- 
> Bill Davidsen <davidsen at>
>    "We have more to fear from the bungling of the incompetent than from
> the machinations of the wicked."  - from Slashdot

I had no problems automatically connecting to the wired network at the
office and the wireless network at home using NetworkManager and
nm-applet under Fedora 6.

Rick B.

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