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F14 Initial Setup Networking & Wireless

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Associate Professor Gregory R. Kriehn
F14 Networking

The network configuration files are located in a number of places:

Hostname & Gateway: /etc/sysconfig/network
Network Devices: /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-[]
Name Servers: /etc/resolv.conf
Hosts: /etc/hosts

All of this information should have already been setup during the installation phase of F14. I have provided locations of the relevant files, should you choose to make modifications to them. I have also included personal links to each of these files, but they are password protected since they are only relevant to me and are only used to verify that the configuration for each of the files is correct (I have a tendency to forget my Name Servers). If you would rather use the GUI, to set an additional Network Connection, use the following:

~> sudo system-config-network
If you need to make a new connection, or edit an old one, click on the appropriate button, and fill in the appropriate information.  Except for my server, I tend not to allow any of the connections to come up during boot time, because I simply do not know what kind of internet connectivity is going to be available.  Instead I will use the Network Manager bring up an appropriate interface.

F14 Wireless with WPA/WPA2 Encryption

Well, well, well. It seems like the NetworkManager application as of Fedora 11 seems to have matured to the point that connecting to an Encrypted Wireless network "just works", even with WPA/WPA2 encryption.  And the latest versions of the wireless drivers supplied by Fedora seem to now be recognizing my Dell's cheap internal WiFi card. I cannot describe how pleased that I am with these developments.

If you come across an issue where your wireless card is not supported, you can use ndiswrapper to get the card working (see my Fedora 9 Wireless page), but I find ndiswrapper to be extremely temperamental, so it is probably be easier for you to buy a Linux-supported PCMCIA Wireless Card instead.