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Old 09-27-2010, 09:33 PM   #1
115fixer
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Getting My Belkin Router working on a new Ubuntu install


Hi All:

Last night I jumped into the linux world and finally installed Ubuntu in a dual boot system with XP on board as well (eventually I want to get rid of this).

How can I get my wireless Belkin F5D8233-4 router working. I put the install disk in and it shows on the desktop but unable to execute - keep getting an error message. Getting frustrated...
 
Old 09-27-2010, 09:41 PM   #2
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Well, where to start on this one...

First off, you don't need to "install" a router. The disc that the manufacturer gives you is just an automated tool to setup the router with your home Internet connection, and usually contains some documentation for the device as well. But absolutely nothing on the disc is required to use the router.

Second, the disc is going to be for Windows, possibly Mac, but certainly not Linux. While you could read whatever PDF documentation they put on there well enough, you wouldn't be able to run the setup utility without WINE (a Windows compatibility layer for Linux) which needs to be setup and configured separately. But as we have already covered, there is nothing on the disc worth running anyway so there is no point in getting that all setup.

Now, if you are trying to connect to this router over WiFi and are having some problems, the first thing would be to determine if the WLAN hardware in your computer is actually being detected and is working properly. Does Ubuntu recognize there is a wireless device installed? Are you able to scan for wireless networks from the machine?
 
Old 09-27-2010, 09:49 PM   #3
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Hi & welcome to LQ!
Your install disk is doubtless made to run on windows and so will not run on linux. There may very well be a driver included in your kernel. Didn't you have a phase during the installation process (of Ubuntu) where it dealt with your internet connection? Anyway searching on the web is a good way to find stuff. I found this link which may be useful.
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Old 10-05-2010, 09:22 PM   #4
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Hi:

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?
 
Old 10-05-2010, 09:49 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by 115fixer View Post
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
  1. whether it's recognized and
  2. 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.

Last edited by frankbell; 10-05-2010 at 09:50 PM. Reason: Correct error in reading comprehension
 
Old 10-06-2010, 10:12 PM   #6
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I am using Ubuntu 10.04 in a dual boot set up. Also I am using the default wireless manager that was attached to it - I believe it to be GNOME.
 
Old 10-06-2010, 10:19 PM   #7
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What kind of wifi adapter do you have? Is it built-in? or is it a usb plugin dongle? You'll need to supply more information to get useful help. Can you post the output of the following commands
Code:
lspci -knn
lsusb
This information will enable us to see what your wifi hardware is and the possible source of your problem.
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