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The Network Status notification icon, which is displayed on the desktop panel's notification area at all times is the primary method for viewing the status of your network and for interacting with automatic network configuration processes. The Network Status notification icon is also where informational messages about your network are displayed. The icon's contextual (right-click) menu enables quick access to essential network functionality. The icon's appearance indicates the overall condition of your network.
The quickest way to obtain essential information about your network is to look at the Network Status notification icon that is displayed in the panel notification area of the desktop. The Network Status notification icon is the primary method for viewing the status of your currently enabled network connection and for interacting with NWAM. The icon's appearance changes, depending on the status of the currently enabled network connection. Another way you can display information about your currently enabled network connection is to hover your mouse over the Network Status notification icon. To access the notification icon's context menu, right-click the icon. From here, you can change the currently enabled network interface and view more detailed information about the wireless network, if any, you are connected to.
Note - The Network Status notification icon is only displayed on the desktop if you are using NWAM to automatically configure your network.
The following table illustrates the Network Status icon's appearance, which changes to reflect the status of the network connections that are enabled on your system.
You can open the Network Preferences dialog in one of the following ways:
For wireless network connections, the IP address, signal strength, connection speed connection status, and security type are displayed.
By default, NWAM attempts to maintain a network connection at all times. If a wired network connection fails, an attempt is made to connect to one of your favorite wireless networks. If the attempt fails, other available wireless networks are tried, with your permission.
You can also manually switch between wired and wireless networks, as required.
Note - For all connection types, the connection behavior is set for the current session only. When you reboot your system or disconnect, an attempt is made to establish network connections, according to the priorities that are defined by the enabled network profile.
You can control network connections from the desktop by using the NWAM in the following ways:
Modify the default connection priority.
By default, all wired network connections take priority over all wireless network connections. That is, a wireless network connection is only attempted if a wired connection cannot be established. If more than one wireless networks are available at the current location, you are prompted to select which network to join. This behavior is defined by the Automatic network profile, which is activated by default. To enforce a different behavior, you must create and activate a different network profile.
Switch from a wired network to a wireless network.
If the Automatic network profile is enabled, disconnect any network cables from all enabled wired interfaces.
By default, if any of your favorite wireless networks are available, an attempt will be made to join them in the order in which they appear in the favorites list. Otherwise, the Wireless Chooser dialog is displayed. In this dialog you can select which network to join.
Note - You can change the way wireless networks are joined on the Wireless tab of the Connection Properties view.
If a network profile other than the Automatic network profile is enabled, the method that you use to switch to a wireless network depends on the definition of that network profile.
Choose from one of the following methods:
Use the Connections submenu of the Network Status notification icon to disable the wired connection and then activate a wireless connection. Note that this method is only possible if both connections have the Manual activation type.
Edit the enabled network profile to activate the wired connection and disable other connections, as required.
When the wireless connection is established, a notification message is displayed.
Switch from a wireless network to a wired network.
If the Automatic network profile is enabled, plug a network cable into an available wired interface.
If a network profile other than the Automatic network profile is enabled, the method that you use to switch to a wired network depends on the definition of that network profile.
Choose from one of the following methods:
Use the Connections submenu of the Networks Status notification icon to disable the wireless connection and then enable a wired connection. Note that this method is only possible if both connections have the Manual activation type.
Edit the enabled network profile to enable the wired connection and disable the wireless connection.
When the wired connection is established, a notification message is displayed.
For other tasks that you can perform by using the NWAM GUI, see the online help.