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I am using the disk to try linux mint out. When it opened the window where I could type in the hidden ssid, it would not allow me to type any caps-or the caps came out lower case. My ssid has at least one capitalized letter.
I'm pretty sure I got the type of encryption correct.
Thus I could not connect to the secure network, and could not go online. So, I quit the disk.
any help would be appreciated, as I cannot use the o.s. until I can get on the network.
I'm pretty sure SSIDs are reduced to lower-case even if you use some upper-case characters when you type it in. It is always advised to try a visible SSID first, and when you get that working, then try hiding it. If you can't connect with the visible SSID, then you must make a fix. But first try typing in the SSID in lower-case, and see if it works.
What had popped up for me was the availability of a secure network (which was mine); I don't remember seeing that other networks were found from my neighborhood. Perhaps if I go to the network section I can try to find unsecure networks. Is there somewhere I should have also punched in that it is AES encryption? I did select WPA2 security.
I think that the wireless network adapter must have been recognized by Mint, since it had a popup asking if I wanted to join the network, and it did try to connect; at this point, since supposedly it doesn't matter if it's upper or lower case, I am mystified as to what's wrong
Yes, I have a "beginner's guide", but it doesn't mention anything about the o.s. recognizing hardware or how to hop onto a network, etc.
If you are using the new version of Linux Mint 18, it does not come with the third party firmware you need for a wifi connection. I ran into the same problem myself. Since I don't have a wired ethernet connection, my only internet connection is wifi, I was unable to use Mint 18.
^ usually mint is very good with dealing with these restricted firmware and proprietary drivers.
if you're interested, inform yourself about it why a free & open source operating system cannot contain some software (drivers) for legal reasons.
Originally Posted by fanofjesus
join the network
that is not necessarily a wireless network, hence my asking if you are sure.
thanks, offgridguy, including for your compliment. ondoho, can you tell me how you found my answers to be defensive? I certainly did not feel defensive or any negative emotions.
One thing I can clarfy: I just realized that the network I need to hop onto is our local area network, set up wirelessly thru a wireless router. But I'm getting the impression that there is something technical I must do, in Mint, to get the o.s. to recognise the hardware. I tried finding it in the wikianswers, but it didn't include instructions for Mint, and I felt overwhelmed trying to understand what must be done.
But what confuses me more is that I have an older xp machine installed with Linux 15 on which I just installed an old wireless dongle, and was easily able to hop onto the network, and it now happily accesses the internet.