Yes, live does not save settings but WL USB is not detected automatically. regardless of whether it is left plugged in through reboots or removed and reinserted.
I added the device through VASM> network>INET>ADD . ifconfig identifies onboard interfaces as eth0 (wired) and wireless incorrectly as eth1. Just assumed new inet is wlan0 and then when selecting wlan in preferences in Wicd, USB adapter light comes on and all seems fine.