The primary ways to connect to a network
are with wpa_gui
which is in the system tray. Or with the
Network Wizard, which can be found by right clicking on the
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
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
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, 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
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.
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.
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
With this box unchecked the
wpa_gui services will not start at boot.