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I have attached a screenshot of the options available and would like to understand what the differences are. Is there any reason why you would use one over the other apart from a simpler interface for one compared to the other?enter image description here

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They both manage the same settings.

The "Network Connections" window is nm-connection-editor, part of Network Manager. It was the primary way of editing connections in GNOME 2. It will eventually go away.

The "Network" window is part of the GNOME 3 "System settings" app (gnome-control-center). It is better integrated with GNOME 3 and has such toggles as "Airplane mode" or the "Network proxy" section. On the other hand, it still lacks some features – for example, when you click "Configure", it still automatically runs nm-connection-editor.

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Thanks. Does that mean the settings for a given wireless connection has to use nm-connection-editor regardless of whether I am using Gnome 2 or 3 or at least Network is better integrated with Gnome 3? – PeanutsMonkey Mar 7 '12 at 20:21
What do you mean by 'better integrated with Gnome 3'? – PeanutsMonkey Mar 8 '12 at 1:01

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