Networking

     The primary ways to connect to a network are with wpa_gui  wpa_gui.png which is in the system tray. Or with the Network Wizard, which can be found by right clicking on the wpa_gui icon.


wpa_gui

      Wpa_gui only supports wireless connections. It will automatically connect to any network that you have previously saved in wpa_gui. If no previous networks are found then it will connect to any available open network. Wpa_gui uses dhcp (automatic addressing) only. If you need to manually configure your address, you will have to use the network wizard.

     To connect to a new network using wpa_gui:

        1) Click scan. The Scan results window will open. Click the Scan button if needed,  you might have to wait 10 seconds or more for your network to show.
        2) Double click on the network you want to connect to.
        3) Fill in any password information needed and click add. For personal WPA2 this would be the PSK field.
        4) On the Current Status tab, you should see it connecting to your newly created profile unless it had already connected to another network. To manually select a network, uncheck  the Select any Network box and  use the Network pull-down to select your network. If you want to always connect to this network and not any network with the strongest signal, then select File - Save Configuration.
       
        If you have problems connecting to a network, try right clicking on the wpa_gui icon and select Restart Wireless. This will restart the wpa_gui services (wpa_supplicant, wpa_cli, and dhcpcd). If you want stop the wpa_gui services, right click and select Quit Wireless.

Network Wizard

       The Network Wizard is used to connect to wired and wireless networks. If you are only using wireless with automatic addressing, then you'll find wpa_gui much more convenient. To use the Network Wizard, right click on the wpa_gui icon in the tray and select Network Wizard. Any active connection made by wpa_gui stops when the Network Wizard is launched. If you want to go back to using wpa_gui, right click on the wpa_gui icon and select Restart Wireless.

     To make a new connection click on the button that corresponds to the interface you want to use.

                                   netwiz.png
        This is a typical example. Eth0 is usually your wired Ethernet interface. Wlan0 in this example is the wireless interface.
        After you click on the button for the interface you want to configure, a new window pops open with options to configure the interface.
   
    If you want the connection made with the Network Wizard to be used at boot, uncheck the "Run WPA_Gui at startup."

                                    netwiz1.png
       
        With this box unchecked the wpa_gui services will not start at boot.