Tutorials/Connecting to the Internet
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- See Introduction to the Sugar Interface for more information about Sugar and how it is used.
- You will leave this Introduction if you click this link above ^.
- To return here, click the <== Back arrow on your browser.
- The Home view appears.
- Click the Neighborhood view button in the Frame or press the <F1> key to switch to the Neighborhood view.
- You are represented by the XO avatar in the center of the screen.
- Hover the pointer on it and the same pop-up palette menu will appear as in the Home view version of the avatar.
- All the other XO avatars are other Learners on the network.
- A Learner's name will be displayed when you hover over any avatar.
Sugar can make 3 types of network connections.
- Ad hoc - You should see 3 circles with different center symbols (representing Maya numerals):
- A single dot - channel 1; a single dot with a bar - channel 6; a single dot with 2 bars - channel 11.
- These are Ad hoc connections.
- They allow Sugar to connect Learners in radio range of each other without an Internet connection.
- Sugar is connected to Ad-hoc Network 1; a color-filled circle with a single dot surrounded by two wave fronts.
- Wireless Access Points - These may be present as color-filled circles (with or without a lock symbol).
- These are the Wireless Access Points.
- Wireless Access Points may not be present if there is no working wireless hardware in your computer or there are no Wireless Access Points in range of the computer.
- You can click on any of these circles and Sugar will try to connect to the radio source.
- A pop-up palette menu will appear with an option to Connect.
- A secondary palette menu will let you set the encryption type
- and ask for a password if the "Wireless Access Point' requires a password.
- Click (OK)
- A successful connection will show wave fronts on each side of the Wireless Access Point circle you selected.
- Wired network - If you are plugged into an active wired connection
- you will be automatically connected to the Internet when you boot Sugar.
- There will be no indication of this connection from Network Manager software.
- XO laptops have no wired network connection hardware, so only wireless connections are possible using steps 1 or 2 above.
- Press the Home view button and return to the Home view screen.
- You are now connected to the Internet, if you succeeded in step 2 or 3 above.
- Communicate in a Chat room with other Sugar Learners and developers on IRC channels, such as #sugar and #sugar-es.
- This requires an Internet connection.
- Wireless Access Point and wired network connections should show the Jabber XO avatars indicating a working connection to the Internet.