anything that is spoken to here will be ignored by network manager, as stated in the instruction at.
http://wiki.debian.org/NetworkManager#E ... Management
here is where I had the problem below:
Wired Networks are Unmanaged
As of Debian Squeeze, NetworkManager does not manage any interface defined in /etc/network/interfaces by default.
Unmanaged devices means NetworkManager doesn't handle those network devices. This occurs when two conditions are met:
The file /etc/network/interfaces contains anything about the interface, even:
iface eth0 inet dhcp
(that file probably has a reference to wlan0, so it becomes unmanaged; Lobo)
And /etc/NetworkManager/NetworkManager.conf contains:
Since network-manager version 0.8.1-4, existing wired/wireless interfaces in /etc/network/interfaces are disabled with a #NetworkManager# prefix during package installation, then re-enabled when the network-manager package is removed (Debian bug 530024).
Enabling Interface Management
If you want NetworkManager to handle interfaces that are enabled in /etc/network/interfaces:
give that a try!