Closing Windows Pt 4: Network and Wireless Settings
Guest post from Full Circle Magazine Issue 57. Written by: Ronnie Tucker (KDE), Jan Mussche (Gnome), Elizabeth Krumbach (XFCE), Mark Boyajian (LXDE), David Tigue (Unity)
Examining your network or wireless settings in Windows is actually quite confusing, not to mention intimidating. You can see them by going to the Control Panel and choosing Network Connections. What you see isn’t exactly user friendly, but I suppose it does the job.
The network and wireless settings (right) are available through the System Settings window, but a quick short-cut (and a better way to manage it) is the icon in your taskbar (far right) that looks like a network plug and socket. Clicking that gives you quick access to not only your settings, but also to find which wireless networks are available to you.
The Gnome-Shell version does not have such a nice settings-screen. The screens to set and change the network connections look like the one to the right.
The settings can be found at: System > Preferences > Network Connections, but also top right in the panel. Here you see an icon with two anti-parallel arrows. Click the icon > Edit Connections. A third way is through the Control Center (System Settings) - which can be found in the drop menu connected to the Shutdown button at the top-right on your screen.
To change a connection, click the name of the connection > Edit button. You will now see a new window with 4 TABs. Of these 4 TABs, 1 is important and that is the ‘IPv4 Settings’ tab - where you select how your connection needs to operate.
The most common way is to select Automatic (DHCP). This can be done when your computer makes contact with a router with a build-in DHCP server. The DHCP (Dynamic Host Control Protocol) server generates IP-addresses for all connected computers (which are set to Automatic-DHCP).
As can be seen in the next picture, you don’t need to set anything (Address, Netmask, Gateway, DNS server, Search domain) yourself, just let the system handle this.
For a wireless connection, after setting things straight, you still need to make contact with your wireless network. For this, right-click the network icon in the top panel, and choose the network you want to connect to. If it is a secure network, type the password you’ve assigned, and you should be connected in seconds.
Xubuntu uses the nm-connection-editor from Gnome, it is available for launching through Settings > Network Connections, or by right-clicking on the network indicator icon in the top panel and selecting “Edit Connections...”. However, for basic wireless setup, you will want to right-click on the network indicator icon in the top panel, and simply select the wireless network you wish to connect to.
Settings are made in the same way as described for Gnome-Shell; however, opening the Network Connections window is, not surprisingly, done differently. The easiest way is to click on the network icon in the Panel; by Settings > Network Connections, or default it’s on the right-hand side.
Alternatively, you can access it through the main menu by clicking System Tools > Lubuntu Control Center.
From the Control Center, click the Network icon. Once in the Network Connections window, you configure your network settings for Wired and Wireless (and other) connections as described for Gnome-Shell or Ubuntu.
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