[maemo-developers] [maemo-developers] Auto-connect feature

From: Simon Pickering S.G.Pickering at bath.ac.uk
Date: Mon Jan 29 13:30:51 EET 2007
Hi all,

I was mightily confused that I'd wake my N800 up from its keypad/screen
locked state and find that it was connected. I understand that this is a
feature, and in fact it is quite a useful feature, however there are some

This feature is switched on by default - for those who don't know about it
(or need it, etc.), it's confusing and drains the battery.

It would appear that the device will auto-connect with an interval set in
the connection settings dialog. I assume it disconnects using the settings
in the same dialog, which by default set the wlan timeout to infinite - this
would seem to indicate that it will just stay connected all the time (again
not ideal for the battery of those who don't need the feature). This seems
to be the case as it's always connected when I switch on...

I may be wrong about the timeout settings, please let me know if this is the

IMO, ideally it should do the following:

* Only allow certain applications to initiate an auto-connect, and if one of
these is not running don't bother auto-connecting at all.

* Perform the auto-connect as per the current frequency settings.

* Have a different timeout to the normal (user-initiated) connection
settings - this might be a hard limit (so after 1min it will disconnect even
if there is traffic), or an idle limit (connect, then disconnect when idle
for more than 30s, etc.)

Just a few thoughts,



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