Wireless Ethernet devices are becoming increasingly popular. The
configuration is similar to the Ethernet configuration except that it
allows you to configure settings such as the SSID and key for the
To add a wireless Ethernet connection, follow these steps:
Click the Devices tab.
Click the New button on the
Select Wireless connection from the
Device Type list and click
If you have already added the wireless network interface card to
the hardware list, select it from the Wireless
card list. Otherwise, select Other Wireless
Card to add the hardware device.
The installation program usually detects supported wireless
Ethernet devices and prompts you to configure them. If you
configured them during the installation, they are displayed in the
hardware list on the Hardware tab.
If you selected Other Wireless Card, the
Select Ethernet Adapter window appears. Select
the manufacturer and model of the Ethernet card and the device. If
this is the first Ethernet card for the system, select
eth0; if this is the second Ethernet card for
the system, select eth1 (and so on). The
Network Administration Tool also allows
the user to configure the resources for the wireless network
interface card. Click Forward to continue.
On the Configure Wireless Connection page
as shown in Figure 18-12, configure
the settings for the wireless device.
Figure 18-12. Wireless Settings
On the Configure Network Settings page,
choose between DHCP and static IP address. You may specify a
hostname for the device. If the device receives a dynamic IP address
each time the network is started, do not specify a hostname. Click
Forward to continue.
Click Apply on the Create
Wireless Device page.
After configuring the wireless device, it appears in the device list as
shown in Figure 18-13.
Figure 18-13. Wireless Device
Be sure to select =>
to save the changes.
After adding the wireless device, you can edit its configuration by
selecting the device from the device list and clicking
Edit. For example, you can configure the device
to activate at boot time.
When the device is added, it is not activated immediately, as seen by
its Inactive status. To activate the device, select
it from the device list, and click the Activate
button. If the system is configured to activate the device when the
computer starts (the default), this step does not have to be performed