10.4 Using KDE NetworkManager Widget
In KDE 4, the KNetworkManager applet for controlling NetworkManager has been replaced by the
NetworkManager widget. Widgets are small applications that can be integrated into
your desktop or your panel. If the network has been set up for NetworkManager
control, the widget usually starts automatically with the desktop
environment and is shown as icon in the system tray.
The NetworkManager widget shows the current network status as an icon and reports on
changes using notifications. Use the widget to configure new network
connections, to manually select another network connection, to disable the
use of wireless networks, or to switch to offline mode altogether, if
needed. The appearance of the icon depends on the type and state of the
current network connection. Hold the mouse cursor over the icon to see
details about the connection.
NetworkManager distinguishes two types of connections: trusted and untrusted. A
trusted connection is any network that you explicitly selected. All others
are untrusted. Right-click the connection icons to show a list of
connections that you have already used at least once in the past. The
currently used connection is marked in the menu.
Left-click any of the connection applets to choose another network
connection at any time. Such a choice takes priority over automatically
selected networks. The chosen network is used as long as it is available,
meaning that plugging a network cable in does not switch to a wired
network connection automatically.