7.5. Managing Network Connections

Use the NetworkManager applet in the system tray of the panel for managing network connections. Click the icon to see all the available networks, such as wired and wireless networks, VPN connections, and dial-up connections. If multiple connections are listed, select the connections to use. Right-click the icon and uncheck Enable Networking or Enable Wireless if you want to stop these services completely. Disabling wireless is necessary in sensitive environments where you are not allowed to use wireless network devices.

Also use the NetworkManager applet for configuring wireless networks. gconf stores the settings in ~/.gconf and the gnome-keyring-manager helps remember the passwords.

Find more information about networking in mobile environments in Chapter 30, Mobile Computing with Linux (↑Reference) and general information about NetworkManager in Section 18.5, “Managing Network Connections with NetworkManager” (↑Reference).