w4jiro wrote:Understood, however, I am looking to be able to disconnect without it picking up a new connection. This is useful for many reasons like troubleshooting/investigating a wired connection and flipping back and forth through wired and wireless.
Even if there is no pause/disconnect option, you can stop the network manager easily by killing its service, probably should be under a system menu option on your desktop or simply right-click and shutdown the network manager applet on your system taskbar..
The reason it picks up connections is that it is listening for any available networks (open or closed ) that your system's antenna can detect; making it dynamic and usually what people want: find an available network..
--other choices are either outside the default decisions of the developers or maybe not considered important: less bells and whistles, but functional..network manager..https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/NetworkManager
--in a terminal you can simply kill the interface for your network, that will stop it responding and Network manager, since it has no network connection will not be able to activate any network session/device..
You can also consider other network managers that may have more options, such as wicd, however getting them installed without interfering with your current (Network manager) setups may cause you some issues..http://wicd.sourceforge.net/This might also work, ignore some specific devices..wired, wireless ?..http://en.gentoo-wiki.com/wiki/NetworkM ... re_Devices
If you have some network devices which you want to configure by yourself (For example mobile phones which connect over a USB network interface) NetworkManager can ignore these devices. Just add the MAC Adresses of the devices you want to ignore to your configuration file /etc/NetworkManager/nm-system-settings.conf