[AG-TECH] Possible enhancement for Toolkit

Ivan R. Judson judson at mcs.anl.gov
Thu Sep 9 21:00:41 CDT 2004

The toolkit is already handling the case where the machine has multiple
network adapters; indeed almost all laptops have both wireless and wired
connections, mine which I use for development has the following:

NetWork Card(s):           3 NIC(s) Installed.
                           [01]: Intel(R) PRO/100 VE Network Connection
                                 Connection Name: Fast Ethernet
                                 Status:          Media disconnected
                           [02]: Intel(R) PRO/Wireless 2100 LAN 3B Mini PCI
                                 Connection Name: Wireless Network
                                 DHCP Enabled:    Yes
                                 DHCP Server:
                                 IP address(es)
                           [03]: Cisco Systems VPN Adapter
                                 Connection Name: MCS VPN
                                 DHCP Enabled:    No
                                 IP address(es)

Plus, add the vmware interfaces, MS's fancy ipv4/ipv6 tunnels, teredo, et al
and you'll find that on XP the toolkit is doing quite a good job of working
in the face of *many* network interfaces ;)

Here's my development desktop net interfaces:

NetWork Card(s):           4 NIC(s) Installed.
                           [01]: 3Com 3C920 Integrated Fast Ethernet
(3C905C-TX Compatible)
                                 Connection Name: Wired
                                 DHCP Enabled:    Yes
                                 DHCP Server:
                                 IP address(es)
                           [02]: VMware Virtual Ethernet Adapter for VMnet1
                                 Connection Name: VMware Network Adapter
                           [03]: VMware Virtual Ethernet Adapter for VMnet8
                                 Connection Name: VMware Network Adapter
                           [04]: 1394 Net Adapter
                                 Connection Name: 1394 Connection 2
                                 DHCP Enabled:    Yes
                                 DHCP Server:     N/A
                                 IP address(es)

What kind of a feature are you looking for? What's the use case you're
experiencing? What problem are you trying to solve? 


> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-ag-tech at mcs.anl.gov 
> [mailto:owner-ag-tech at mcs.anl.gov] On Behalf Of Randy Groves
> Sent: Thursday, September 09, 2004 8:38 PM
> To: ag-tech at mcs.anl.gov
> Subject: [AG-TECH] Possible enhancement for Toolkit
> My recent experience with the 'Microsoft TV/Video' network 
> connection brings to mind an enhancement.  It would be nice 
> if, during the install (and maybe accessible later via a 
> python script), if the Toolkit finds more than one network 
> adaptor installed on the machine, it would ask the installer 
> which one it should use.  This would have made it obvious in 
> my case, but also would handle the case where there REALLY is 
> more than one network adaptor in a machine.  I know that I've 
> also seen a 1394 network adaptor installed on various 
> machines with FireWire adaptors.
> I will enter this in Bugzilla if it sounds like a good idea.
> -randy

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