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Wireless Problems

If you have a problem with your wireless Internet connection in Bodhi Linux, you may find a solution on this page.

Wireless Troubleshooting Script

To simplify troubleshooting wireless connections on your Bodhi PC, forum member hippytaff has submitted this automated script:
Wireless Script.
The script is a program that you install and run on your PC. It produces a diagnostic log as output, which you can copy and post on the Bodhi forum so that experienced users can offer a solution.

Because Bodhi uses Ubuntu as its base framework, you can find two very popular programs for network management via Synaptic Package Manager, Network Manager Gnome and Wicd Network Manager. Network Manager Gnome is included as the default network management application for Bodhi, and you'll find that it is very simple and equally straightforward to use.

Network Manager

The Network Manager applet will by default appear in the system tray. Click the applet which appears as two disconnected wires with a red “x” next to them. If all goes well, you should see an available wireless network connection listed under the Wireless Network category provided you have a wireless access point up and running. Click the name of your wireless network connection, and if your connection utilizes WPA encryption you will be told as such and be lead to another window which will ask you for your pass-phrase/passkey. Enter it in the appropriate field and click Apply. You will then be asked to create a password for the keyring which will from now on be required of you for Internet connection. Create a password, remember it well and click OK. This should be all that is needed for you to automatically connect to the Internet. If you would like Network Manager Gnome to run upon start up, you will have to add it to your startup applications. Proceed to open your Main Menu, then select Settings> All> Apps> Startup Applications. In the Startup Applications window, scroll down to find Network Manager, click to highlight it, click “Add” and finally “Apply.” If for some reason you do not see your wireless network connection listed under Wireless Network, you will have to perform a bit of manual VPN configuration.

Configuring VPN Connections

In order to manually configure VPN, click the applet and select “VPN Connections” then click “Configure VPN.” The “Network Connections” window will appear and you will notice several tabs. If you are using an Ethernet connection, click the “Wired” tab. If you use a WiFi connection, click the “Wireless” tab. Since Network Manager Gnome also supports Mobile Broadband (3G) connections, as well as DSL connections, you will see tabs for each in the window. Since you will be using a wireless network connection, click the “Wireless” tab, click “Add” and a new window will appear entitled “Editing Wireless connection 1”. In the “Wireless” tab of this window fill out the information required accordingly. SSID essentially refers to the name of your WiFi connection. Usually, filling out the SSID will suffice. Move on to the “Wireless Security” tab and select the proper method of security for your connection filling out any required information in the subsequent fields. Now, move on to the “Ipv4 Settings” tab. You can leave the Method field as is as no further configuration should be required for this tab. In the “Ipv6 Settings” tab the Method field should also be left as it is (Ignore). Click the “Apply” button. You should see your connection available upon clicking the Network Manager applet in the system tray. Clicking the name of your network should suffice for automatic connection to the Internet.

Wicd Network Manager

If for some reason you choose to use Wicd Network Manager as your application for Internet connection, the first step would be to connect to the Internet via an Ethernet connection and with Network Manager. Then, simply download and install the application via Synaptic Package Manager. In Synaptic's Quick Search bar, type “wicd” minus quotations. You can also accomplish this via the terminal using the following command:

  sudo apt-get install wicd

Once you have installed Wicd Network Manager, execute the program from your main menu… Main Menu> Internet > Wicd Network Manager. After the application has opened, you should see an available network connection which will be defined as an Ethernet or WiFi connection. If nothing shows on the application's first run, click the “Refresh” button and Wicd should scan for any existing connections. Upon seeing your available network connection, simply click the “Connect” button under the name of the connection. If you are using an Ethernet connection, it should be configured automatically. If you are using a WiFi connection however, you will be inquired as to what type of encryption you are using. Select the appropriate encryption type accordingly, and configure further as necessary. For instance, if you are using a WPA ½ (Passphrase) encryption method, all you need to do is enter your key (password) and click “OK”. Wicd will proceed to connect to the Internet for you. To disconnect from your network, click “Disconnect”. If you would like Wicd to run at start up, you will have to add it to your startup applications. Proceed to open your Main Menu, then select Settings> All> Apps> Startup Applications. In the Startup Applications window, scroll down to find Wicd Network Manager, click to highlight it, click “Add” and finally “Apply.”


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