MEPIS Network Manager

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!!! Warning! The info contained in this article pertains to older versions of MEPIS !!!
See MEPIS 8 Network Assistant for newer info.


Configure your network access with MEPIS Utilities (6.0, mutilities) or MEPIS Network Assistant (6.5, mnetwork), by clicking KMenu --> System --> MEPIS --> MEPIS Network Assistant/Utilities, or by right-clicking the desktop, click Run command, and enter "mnetwork"/"mutilities" without the quotes.

  1. General tab:
    1. Interface Configuration Mode:i) the automatic mode using networkmanager may work on some systems, and is preferable for laptops that often switch access points. Click the Automatic radio button, then click “Apply.�? Remember to start the Knetworkmanager application after choosing this option. ii) The manual mode works better for many users, especially when using the same access point all the time. Click that radio button to activate it and, if necessary, then “Apply.�?. If the Knetworkmanager icon is in the system tray of the Panel at the bottom right of the screen, right-click it to quit so that it does not interfere with the manual mode.
    2. Ndiswrapper preference: see this page for details.
    3. Configure DNS Service: allows you to adjust how DNS is set.
    4. Emergency Control: permits restarting the network when changes have been made.
  2. Wireless tab: note the interface (e.g., wlan0) where wireless is located, if you are using that for internet access. Enter the name of your network (SSID); you can also try "any" or "default." If needed, you can adjust the frequency (channel), for instance to avoid conflict with other devices using the 2.4 GHz band. Select your encryption mode (see WEP and WPA), if any, and enter the key. Click Apply.
  3. Interfaces tab: use the pull-down menu to get to your interface, then click "Start at boot." Uncheck "Start at boot" for any other interfaces you will not be using (e.g., eth0 if you have wireless on wlan0 and will be using it exclusively). You have the option of using static IP settings if you need them for some reason. Click "Apply" then "OK."
  4. You may have to reboot for the changes to take effect; on the Live CD, go back instead to the General tab and click Stop Network, then Re/Start Network.

If these steps do not work, please see this page for further procedures.


Contents

Notes

These notes apply specifically to MEPIS 7.0, but may generalized for other releases.

General tab

Automatic mode allows Knetworkmanager to control how your wireless device connects to your access point(s) whereas Manual mode lets you specify a fixed IP address for your wireless devices. There are still many devices/drivers that are not supported by Knetworkmanager. If you you choose Automatic mode but still cannot connect wirelessly, you may need to choose Manual mode to set a fixed IP address.

Ndiswrapper is a program that "wraps" windows network drivers in a "layer" of code allowing them to work with Linux and Unix systems. Choosing Disable in this section disables Ndiswrapper, letting your network device use native Linux drivers. If your network connection does not work, you may need to load the correct Linux network driver for your device. Alternatively, you may enable Ndiswrapper which will allow you to load a Windows driver for your device.

See the this page for more information.

Wireless tab

If MEPIS has recognized your wireless device it will assign a device id to it. The device id will vary according to the chipset of the wireless device.

The first line in this section tells you what MEPIS has decided to name your wireless device e.g. wlan0, wifi0, eth0, etc. Take note of the device id, you'll need to know it when you get to the Interfaces tab.

Enter the SSID of your access point. This is necessary because MEPIS sometimes will not search for it.

Fill the encryption fields so that they match the encryptions setting of your access point. Note that disabling encryption on your access point makes it much easier to set up a new wireless connection.

Interfaces tab

This tab allows you to specify when each device id will start and how it will obtain its IP settings.

In the Settings for select box, choose the device ids MEPIS considers active in order to decide how each device will start, and how it gets its IP address.

The Start at boot,Start when plugged, and Start/restart on Apply checkboxes determine when the device is started. Normally you will want to have Start at boot checked for your primary connection. The Start when plugged checkbox can apply to any device but is especially useful for USB Wifi devices. The Start/restart on Apply checkbox is used in conjunction with the Apply button at the bottom of the window.

When making changes to the network settings, it is sometimes necessary to stop, then restart the interface for the changes to take effect. This is done by filling the Start/Stop on Apply checkbox, then pressing the Apply button. Applying changes this way is preferable to stopping, then restarting the entire network service because this will stop, then restart ALL network interfaces. This checkbox will become unchecked each time you Apply changes.

For example, if you change change the SSID on your wireless device (on the Wireless tab), then press the Apply button from the Wireless tab, your changes will not become active until you reboot or restart the network services or Apply them from the Interfaces tab. In order for your changes to become effective immediately, you must first fill the Start/restart on Apply checkbox, then press the Apply button on the Interfaces tab.

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