Is there a way to disable access point roaming in F18 NetworkManager?

Bill Oliver vendor at
Thu Mar 7 20:09:29 UTC 2013

I seem to have found an answer.  I can indicate the BSSID.  So, my
steps are:

1) Connect to the wireless access point
2) Watch /var/log/messages to see the BSSID
3) Open up NetworkManager
4) Put in that BSSID (or simply choose it -- in one case, it populated
automatically when I pushed the "select" button beside BSSID).

Since it populated automatically once I was connected and hit "select"
it may be that I don't even have to look at /var/log/messages.

In any case, that seems to stop it from jumping around.


On Thu, 7 Mar 2013, Bill Oliver wrote:

> Folk,
> Sitting here at work, I notice that my wireless crashes about every two
> or three minutes.  When I check my /var/log/messages, I see that I am
> roaming between two access points associated with the same ESSID that
> serves my whole building.  Both access points are reasonably strong, but
> fluctuate a bit in signal strength.
> The repeated and constant switching of access points is a big hit on my 
> wireless performance.
> I vaguely remember an option in NetworkManager to disallow roaming, but
> I can't find it.
> Does anybody know how to stop this?  I looked at the man page for nmcli,
> but didn't see anything about roaming...
> Config  --
> Box: Toshiba Satellite L875D laptop, AMD A8-4500M w/ Radeon HD 7640G,
> RealTek wireless
> uname -a: Linux localhost.localdomain 3.8.1-201.fc18.x86_64 #1 SMP Thu
> Feb 28 19:23:08 UTC 2013 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux
> Desktop: KDE 4.9.5
> Thanks!
> bill("reformed thread hijacker")o
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