[system settings] No indication that Wi-Fi is available ("Prompt when not connected")

Bug #1287210 reported by Matthew Paul Thomas on 2014-03-03
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Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
indicator-network (Ubuntu)
Wishlist
Unassigned
ubuntu-system-settings (Ubuntu)
Low
Unassigned

Bug Description

Ubuntu Trusty r188

0. If you haven't already, connect to a Wi-Fi network.
1. In System Settings > Wi-Fi, turn off Wi-Fi.
2. Turn off "Auto-join previous networks".
3. Switch from System Settings to anything else.
4. Turn on Wi-Fi.

What happens: Nothing.

What should happen: You're prompted to join the previously used Wi-Fi network.

<https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Networking#wifi-connecting-prompted>: "A prompt should appear, suggesting that you connect to Wi-Fi, if all of these conditions are true..."

Changed in ubuntu-system-settings (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Low
status: New → Triaged
Changed in indicator-network:
status: New → Confirmed
Changed in indicator-network (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Changed in indicator-network:
importance: Undecided → Low
Tony Espy (awe) wrote :

One other issue that I originally thought was covered by this bug is:

If Wi-Fi is enabled on a Touch device, but the device has never been connected to an AP, unlike Bluetooth there's no indication on the panel that Wi-Fi is on. The only way to tell is by opening the network menu. This could lead to severe battery drain.

Matthew Paul Thomas (mpt) wrote :

It's covered by this bug in the sense that if Wi-Fi is on (as it should be by default), you aren't connected, and you're in an environment where APs are available, eventually you'll get the prompt.

That doesn't cover the case where you're *never* in an environment where APs are available, so you only ever use cellular data. But Wi-Fi isn't the only example of something that might be using power unnecessarily. Those things are listed in the Battery screen of System Settings. <https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Power#Settings>

Tony Espy (awe) wrote :

Re: comment #2 - fair enough.

Should this also cover the case where the user has *never* connected to an AP, and open ( ie. no security required ) APs are available?

Matthew Paul Thomas (mpt) wrote :

Yes it should, and I think that case matches the specced set of conditions. Please let me know if you find a mistake.

Changed in indicator-network:
importance: Low → Wishlist
Changed in indicator-network (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
Changed in ubuntu-system-settings (Ubuntu):
status: Triaged → Invalid
Pete Woods (pete-woods) on 2015-03-26
no longer affects: indicator-network
Antti Kaijanmäki (kaijanmaki) wrote :

need for this prompt has to be reiterated by the design.

Changed in indicator-network (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Triaged
summary: - No indication that Wi-Fi is available ("Prompt when not connected")
+ [system settings] No indication that Wi-Fi is available ("Prompt when
+ not connected")
Changed in ubuntu-ux:
status: New → Triaged
assignee: nobody → Matthew Paul Thomas (mpt)
Changed in ubuntu-ux:
status: Triaged → Fix Committed
Changed in ubuntu-system-settings (Ubuntu):
status: Invalid → Triaged
no longer affects: ubuntu-ux
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