Can I join a gigolo?

Chapter 7. Connect to the Internet or a network

Xubuntu used NetworkManager to manage cable, wireless networks, mobile broadband, VPN and DSL connections. NetworkManager also saves passwords securely with the help of the user key.

NetworkManager is one of the little icons in the upper panel in the top right of your screen. When not connected, the icon shows two grayed out arrows pointing up and down. When you are connected, the icon is different depending on the network type in use.

Connect and disconnect

The Network management will automatically use a wired network if one is available.

To see all available networks, please click on the symbol Network management click. To connect to a network, please click on the name of the network.

If you are connecting to a wireless network for the first time, security details may be needed, a dialog box will open when required. In most cases, the security type will be detected automatically. If not, select the security type from the Wi-Fi security drop-down box, enter the authentication details and press Connect.

To disconnect from a network, click the NetworkManagerIcon and select disconnect under the corresponding connection type. To completely disable (and re-enable) wired or wireless connections, click the NetworkManagerIcon, select Activate network and Activate wireless network. These menu items are on / off switches. Their status is indicated by the presence / absence of a tick.

Configure connections

If you want to configure your network connections, click NetworkManager and choose Edit. In the dialog you will see expandable rows for each connection type. Select the appropriate network and press To edit or Addto set up new networks.

In order to be able to connect to certain networks, it may be necessary to ask the network administrator or the Internet service provider for details.

To see the connection information, click the NetworkManager icon and select Connection Information. Your active network connections will be displayed in the Active Connections dialog, each in a separate tab.

Share your connection with another computer

You can share your connection with another computer via a network cable. To do this, click NetworkManagerIcon, select Edit, and add a new wireless connection (or edit an existing one). Select the tab in the connection properties window IPv4 settingsand change method on Together with other computers from the selection list.

Unfortunately, data modems are not supported by NetworkManager supported. To learn how to connect to a data modem, please see the Data Modem How-to on the Ubuntu Community Wiki.

Solve network problems

Before attempting any troubleshooting, make sure network connections are enabled:

  • Click on that NetworkManagerIcon in the notification area

  • Activate Activate network

  • Activate Activate wireless network

If your network connection still does not work:

General problem solving

If your network connection is not working properly, there are a few tools you can use to analyze the problem.

Get information about the current connection

There are two ways to get information about your network connection and devices:

  • use of NetworkManager

    • Click on that NetworkManager-Symbol

    • Select connection information. If this is disabled, it is likely there is no active connection. Try using ifconfig to find out more.

    • Each active connection has its own tab on which you can find the relevant information.

  • use of ifconfig

    • Open a terminal ( → Accessories → Terminal), enter the command and press the Enter-Button.

    • ifconfig will show you extensive information about your connection, including logical or connection name (s) (e.g. enp3s0) in the left column, IP address in the inet addr column and the MAC address for your device in the HWaddr column

Check that a connection is working correctly

A reliable method of checking whether a connection is working properly is to "ping" another computer on the network or the Internet.

To check whether your computer is connected to the Internet, open a terminal ( → Accessories → Terminal), enter the command, then press the Enter-Button.

The calculator will then try three times to reach www.xubuntu.org and display the results. The ping statistics show the number of packets sent, the number of packets received, the percentage of packets lost and the total duration.

  • 0% packet loss indicates that the computer is connected to the Internet

  • More than 0% but less than 100% packet loss indicates that your computer has a poor connection to the Internet or poor radio reception.

  • 100% packet loss indicates that the computer has a very bad connection or is connected to an access point or router that is not connected to the Internet.

If you receive an error message with the text “www.xubuntu.org cannot be found” or “unknown host”, then your computer is probably not connected to the Internet or it cannot reach a Domain Name System (DNS) server.

Troubleshoot wireless networks

This section covers common problems when using wireless network devices. More information is available in the Community Help Wiki.

Please note that the steps in this troubleshooting guide are designed to be carried out in the order shown, unless you are referred to a different subsection.

Check that the device is switched on

Many wireless network devices (WLAN adapters) can be switched on or off. Look for a hardware switch or a function key on the keyboard to turn on the wireless network device.

If the device is switched on, continue with the next chapter.

Check if the device is recognized

Open a terminal ( → Accessories → Terminal), enter the command and press the Enter-Button. You will then see some output along with the words CLAIMED, UNCLAIMED, ENABLED or DISABLED.

Use of Windows WLAN drivers

Xubuntu supports a system called NDISWrapper. This enables the use of Windows WLAN drivers under Xubuntu. Around NDISWrapper to use:

  • Obtain the Windows driver for your network device and find the file with the file extension

  • Install the package.

  • Go to All settings → Windows Wireless Drivers

  • Choose Install new driver

  • Select the location of your Windows .inf file and click on To install

  • click on OK

Check the connection to the router

Open a terminal ( → Accessories → Terminal), enter the command, then press the Enter-Button.

If the ESSID for your router, there may be an issue with ACPI support. Start Xubuntu with the option.

Advanced problem solving

The following problem-solving methods are a little more technical. Please only try this if the above methods have failed.

Check IP address assignment

Open a terminal ( → Accessories → Terminal), enter the command, then press the Enter-Button. If you see an IP address, go to Checking the Domain Name Servers (DNS).

From the terminal enter the following command, replacing with the name of the connection shown in the output from the ifconfig command:

Check the Domain Name Server (DNS)

Open a terminal ( → Accessories → Terminal), enter the command and and press the Enter-Button. Look for the entries under

To check if the DNS listed is working, open a terminal ( → Accessories → Terminal), enter the command and press Enter-Button. If you see the word at the top of the output, then your DNS is working.

If no DNS settings are listed, contact your Internet Service Provider (ISP) and find your primary and secondary DNS servers. Once you have this information, continue to Connect and Disconnect and Configure Connections, if necessary.

To connect to different types of servers, you can → System → Gigolo use. To connect to a server, follow the steps below:

  • Click Actions → Connect

  • Choose the one that suits you Type of service and enter the connection information

  • Click the Connect-Stud; if you are connecting to a server that requires a login, you will be asked to enter a password.

After a successful connection, a symbol is displayed in the gigolo-Windows appear which are labeled with the connection details. To bookmark connections, right-click a connection and select Edit Bookmark. In the dialogue Edit bookmarks you can name the bookmark and set other options, including the option to connect automatically. When you're done, click OK to create the bookmark.

The username for Windows network shares should be in the format.

To get in touch with Samba networks (Windows shares) when using Thunar file management to connect, you need to have the package installed.