ABSOLUTE LEGEND! Works exactly as you would hope and easy as. Just follow the guide links you posted and all works fine with WPA network! Fantastic work, thank you so much!
Im just playing witha bash script to auto run at startup, im thinking the best place is #/.kde/Autostart/wifi
Edit: /.kde/Autostart/wifi doesnt seem to work as it only appears to be run when you drop to the KDE desktop and not during normal MCE startup.
Edit: rc.local doesnt seem to like running the background process and strangely my USB wifi dongle is only detected if i unplug and the replug it after the boot up process has occured. Definatly no major issue, i am happy to unplug / replug and then run the code myself from the kde desktop albeit not the most elegant solution! (It is definatly 100%better than trailing cables around the house!)
Seems sensible and should give chance for most services to be up and running before the wifi kicks in
(Just got to get my DVB-T and HDMI audio working now lol!)