Network confusion

Hi,

I have just started using OpenSuse, changing from Mandriva which I’ve used for years. So far all seems well but I am a little confused by the network icon in the tool tray.

The network seems to be working OK - I can connect to and browse the Internet and, after setting up Samba, I am now able to see all the computers on my network. However, there is a red network icon ion the tooltray with a tooltip which says ‘No network interfaces’. If I click on it, it opens a box with nothing under ‘Interfaces’ and a hidden network under ‘Configuration’. This latter is removed if I click the button for ‘Enable networking’. If I then click ‘Manage connections’ the interface opened has no connections showing and I can only add VPN, the other tabs are greyed out.

Can anyone explain please?

Mike

On 12/07/2011 07:26 AM, mikejd wrote:
>
> Hi,
>
> I have just started using OpenSuse, changing from Mandriva which I’ve
> used for years. So far all seems well but I am a little confused by the
> network icon in the tool tray.
>
> The network seems to be working OK - I can connect to and browse the
> Internet and, after setting up Samba, I am now able to see all the
> computers on my network. However, there is a red network icon ion the
> tooltray with a tooltip which says ‘No network interfaces’. If I click
> on it, it opens a box with nothing under ‘Interfaces’ and a hidden
> network under ‘Configuration’. This latter is removed if I click the
> button for ‘Enable networking’. If I then click ‘Manage connections’ the
> interface opened has no connections showing and I can only add VPN, the
> other tabs are greyed out.

If your network uses the “ifup” method, then you get exactly what you see. If
you only have a wired network, that is a reasonable setting. To get rid of the
icon, remove that widget from the taskbar by unlocking the widgets (after a
right click) and then deleting it. If you want to see the network status, then
use YaST => Network Devices => Network Settings => Global Options and select
network control with NetworkManager.

Welcome to openSUSE, and I hope that your experiences are positive.