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5.3. Using NetworkManager

This section demonstrates setting up a wireless connection in Fedora Documentation using NetworkManager. You can configure a wired or wireless connection with NetworkManager, and roaming between different connections is possible, as the service can choose the best available connection. NetworkManager will only work once the appropriate drivers for the underlying hardware are installed and configured properly. This section provides screenshots for configuring a simple wireless connection via the graphical interface provided by Fedora Documentation. This is an example only and demonstrates how simple wireless connections are configured in Fedora Documentation using NetworkManager.
  1. First, make sure that the relevant wireless interface (usually eth0 or eth1) is controlled by NetworkManager. Click on System>Administration>Network:
  2. Enter your root (administrative) password to gain the privilige required to launch NetworkManager and click OK:
  3. On the Devices tab, select the wireless interface and click Edit:
    If you do not see a wireless interface in this window, it means that your wireless interface is not supported or configured properly. Make sure you have a supported card and that it is properly inserted and enabled. Many laptops have a physical hardware switch somewhere on the chassis - if present, make sure it is turned on.
  4. On the General tab, make sure that Controlled by NetworkManager is enabled and click OK:
    Close the Network Configuration window and save changes if any were made. Now that the interface is controlled by NetworkManager, the following steps will demonstrate how to connect to a wireless network using it.
  5. Click on the wireless icon on the panel. As shown in the following image, a list of nearby available wireless networks will appear. The name that appears will be the same as your SSID or network name as configured in your access point. The names of the available networks in this image have been blurred:
    Simply click on your network. Depending on what encryption type is used, one of the following dialog boxes will appear.
    Note the different type of Wireless security options in the images. This represents the different types of encryption that the network uses. Fedora Documentation will detect which type is in use and present the correct option for you to enter your network key.
  6. Enter your network key/password (WEP or WPA) into the available field and click Connect. If the access point is using DHCP and configured properly, Fedora Documentation will connect and network access should be functional.