Originally Posted by 115fixer
I do not see the router when I select the wireless networks. In fact the little upright antenna/transmitting device from Belkin that is attached to my USB port does not light up so I don't think linux recognizes that there is a wireless option on the computer. Any thoughts on how to get it to look for networks/activate?
So this means that your computer does not have built-in wireless I guess. This sounds as if it might be an issue with configuring the USB wireless card.
It would help to know which version of Ubuntu you installed and whether you are using the default choice of the Gnome Network Manager to look at the wireless networks.
I would run the dmesg command
as root (or with sudo) and look for the USB wireless card in the output. That will tell you
- whether it's recognized and
- how it's recognized.
The output of dmesg can be lengthy, but it's thorough.
With that information, you can search the web for more about that specific card/chipset (be sure to include Linux in the search string to narrow the results) or come back here with more detailed information.