Kubuntu 9.04 WiFi Problem Solved

I just upgraded to the latest beta version of Kubuntu 9.04 and after a reboot found that my wireless no longer worked. I believe this is because Kubuntu no longer uses the KNetworkManager app to configure wifi connections. If you’re having a similar issue try these steps:

  1. Right-click on the Task Manager bar and select Panel Options->Add Widgets…
  2. In the search type network
    kubuntu_904_add_widget_screenshot
  3. Click on Network Management
  4. Click the Add Widget button
  5. Click the Close button
  6. In the Task Manager bar you should now see a new icon for the Network Management widget
    kubuntu_905_network_management_widget_in_taskbar_screenshot
  7. Right-click the Network Management widget and select Manage Connections…
  8. Click the Wireless tab
  9. Click the Add button
  10. Scan for your network and put in the proper settings for your wifi network
  11. Click the OK button once your wifi network settings are in place
  12. Click the OK button to close the Network Management widget

Note: You may be nagged for your KWallet password now when your computer boots. This is because the Network Management widget is using KWallet to store the wifi password. If anyone knows how to get around this, please feel free to share. :)