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Connecting to the Internet

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Note: If you are using a liveUSB/CD, click here for a brief how-to on enabling the missing nm-applet.

Bodhi makes connecting to the internet or your local network easy with the use of Network Manager (aka nm-applet).

(An example of an nm-applet.)
You will see an icon similar to this in your System tray (systray).

* If you do not see a systray anywhere on your desktop, please read **Note in LiveUSB/CD section at the bottom of the page.

(Network Menu)
All you have to do is left-click on it. Then choose the type of connection from the available list. Network Manager is capable of managing many types of network connections, including ethernet, mobile broadband, wireless, VPN and DSL. Many connections will be configured automatically; some will need input from the user, such as a password.

After a few moments, a connection should be established.

(Editing Network settings)

Connections can then be edited by right clicking on the icon. Also, please notice how the icon now has a different appearance to indicate a connection is established in the right photo. A common feature that is enabled automatically is to have the connection in question automatically connect as soon as it is detected.

Connection problems can be notoriously difficult to diagnose, especially on a system that is not able to make a connection at all. If these steps fail, the best advice we can give is to get on a system that does make a connection (or use a wired connection if wireless is failing) and join us on IRC or the Bodhi Forums. See the Resources Page.

For Those Using a LiveUSB/CD...

Because the Network Manager(nm-applet) is a Startup Application and Bodhi's LiveUSB/CDs do not currently support this, the Network Manager will not run by default.

To manually start the applet:

  • Navigate to Main Menu>Run Everything or press the Alt+Esc key combination. This launches Enlightenment's Everything Module, which is described in detail here.
  • Type "network" and click on the Network entry that appears. You should then see an icon similar to the one pictured at the top of this page in the System tray and can now follow the instructions given in this guide to connect to a network.

*Note: Please know that once you've installed Bodhi Linux, the Network Manager automatically runs on startup, as is the norm.

**Note: Also, bear in mind that some profiles do not have the System tray loaded onto desktop by default. You can choose a different profile at Main Menu>Settings>All>Settings>Profile. A left-click on the desktop will open the Main Menu. We recommend the Laptop or Desktop profile, since they both have the System tray clearly visible on a shelf. You can also add the systray gadget manually to any profile, but that is beyond the scope of this section.