XO Troubleshooting Network


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This is the portion of the XO Troubleshooting Guide for diagnosing problems with the network connection of an XO laptop.

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Installed Software

Are all network icons (circles) missing from the neighborhood view ?

A known network is missing from the neighborhood view

Laptop always joins simple mesh 1

Clicking on an access point doesn't work

Software Tools

XO Self-test

A Hardware Self-Test is included in the XO laptop. It includes a test of the networking hardware, where it communicates with the networking interface and prints out a list of the access points (SSIDs) seen in a scan of the local networks.

Sugar Tools

Sugar indicates the state of the network in a number of different ways. The user interface of Sugar is changing, in particular with respect to indication of network status, in an upcoming (9/08) release, 8.2

Hovering the pointer over the network icon (circle) in Home Screen provides information about what network the laptop is currently connected to. The absence of a network icon (circle) in the Home Screen may indicate a problem with the networking hardware, but is also frequently associated with software bugs.

The neighborhood view should show a circle for each WiFi (802.11b/g) access point in range, plus three more for the built-in mesh channels. Hover over a circle to see the SSID (name) of the access point or the number of a mesh channel.

Linux Tools

Need links for these tools, accessible using the Terminal activity (or vtty on most laptops):

  • lsusb
  • iwconfig
  • ifconfig

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