Connecting to wireless networks

Wireless icon
Connecting to wireless networks is important for laptops, or when a wired network is not an option. It allows more flexible, portable networks and a wireless network card is included in most laptops. In this how-to, I will show you how to connect to a wireless network, with the default net applet in the first section, and with Wicd in the second section.

1) Connecting with default net applet

  1. Double click the net applet icon on the panel.
  2. Click the “Wireless (Wi-Fi) wlan0” (Note: the number might be different)
  3. Click the name of the network you want to connect to. Next to the name (SSID), the signal strength,
    encryption (WPA (WPA), WEP (WEP) and None (No encryption) ) and Operating mode are shown
  4. Click connect, the settings window will pop up, asking for the password.
    Enter the password if you have one, then click Ok.

The panel icon will change to indicate that the net applet is trying to connect.
On successful connection, the panel icon will change to show the signal strength.

2) Connecting with Wicd Network Manager

If for some reason, you don’t like the default network manager, then you can connect to networks using Wicd.
Wicd is a python based network manager, and you need to install i using KPackageKit

  1. Click on the Wicd icon() on the panel.
  2. The Wicd Network Manager window will pop up,
    and scan the available wireless networks.
  3. Now click connect on the desired network. If it is password protected,
    Wicd will alert you and open the settings window.
    Enter the password in the Key field and select the type of encryption
    in the drop down box and click OK.
  4. Now click connect and wait for Wicd to connect. You should now be
    successfully connected to the network.

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