So... a note on linuxmce and wireless connections. This is the solution that worked for me outside of the networkmanager which is disabled.
I currently tether my phone to a pc, which is connected to a linksys router, and a wifi dongle on the core.
First you need to edit your /etc/network/interfaces
Presumably you have the following already
auto eth0 inet dhcp
iface eth1 inet static
after booting with my dongle in, there is no change here or in admin page... but I know my dongle is recongizable, the networkmanager is just disabled, and I didn't install with the dongle, because I didn't want confusion. So I just injected what I knew from previous installs that it wanted to see, as follows...
First, we must edit the /etc/network/interfaces. I use vi, I don't see many others suggesting it, but I seem to get into trouble opening things in dolphin as administrator, and sometimes kate... this is no doubt due to my being green. So:
sudo vi /etc/network/interfaces
Then press <Ins> and insert the line
iface wlan0 inet dhcp
After the eth1 lines.
In vi, you will need to press esc and then ":write" w/o quotes to save, and then ":q" w/o " to quit.
Now, I live in the middle of nowhere and have no need to secure my connection... so this is for an unsecured wifi network, which is typically not recommended. We will make a little config file to catch a specific essid, so you will need to know your it.
Now back to prompt we type
sudo vi /etc/rc.local
Press "Ins" and enter on the line above "exit 0"
ifconfig wlan0 down
dhclient -r wlan0
iwconfig wlan0 essid "ESSID_IN_QUOTES"
iwconfig wlan0 mode Managed
ifconfig wlan0 up
Now, let's make that an executable that starts when the pc does.
sudo chmod +x /etc/rc.local
For instant gratification, or if the connection is lost for any reason after boot, type
sudo sh /etc/rc.local
This should all be used only AFTER linuxmce is successfully installed. The install requires input on eth0
for more on unmanaged wireless connectivity with wifi... but my experience is to ignore code requesting you bring the wired adapters down or up.
After the install I basically switched my nework from the wireless router (w/o DHCP) connected to the linux box on install, feeding my tethered/wireless connection FROM my windows pc, to the router over a hard line, to dropping a wireless dongle on the LinuxMCE and the router on the PC side, still without dhcp.
*as a side note, the reason I choose the tethered droid over the mifi is that verizon has a 5 gb cap on the mifi, and on a tethered droid if you pay for the service... however if you tether outside of the vzmanager you are on an unlimited plan.