Connected to a wireless network

It is worthwhile rebooting at this point so that Ubuntu can detect the presence of the firmware. When you have logged back in, click the nm-applet icon in the toolbar to connect to a wireless network. If your wireless access point broadcasts its SSID, it should appear in the list under wireless networks (similar to Figure 4.14). Simply click on the required network and Network Manager will sense what encryption (if any) is in use and ask you for the passkey. Enter this and Network Manager will start the wireless connection. The passkey is then stored in the default keyring, so if you have not yet used the keyring, you are asked to create a password. From now on, whenever you log in to Ubuntu, you are asked for the key to unlock the keyring.

Wireless network connection to 'hudson' (l00°/i

If for some reason your wireless network does not appear (you might have your SSID hidden), you must use the Connect to Other Wireless Network option, which brings up the screen shown in Figure 4.15.

Figure 4.15. Configure your wireless network connection settings using

Network Manager.

Figure 4.15. Configure your wireless network connection settings using

Network Manager.

Network Manager can handle WEP and WPA Personal encryption. You are advised to use WPA encryption because it is the stronger of the two.

Network Manager can also connect to Cisco VPN connections, using the vpnc software. Install this using synaptic and you will be able to specify connection settings as appropriate, or if you have access to a predefined configuration (.pcf file) you can import it directly into Network Manager.

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