wireless and fios
The solution was to re install my Mint with the ethernet unplugged from the computer. This somehow woke up the wireless ability in Mint and the little signal strenghth bars showed up on the bottom right. If I right click those bars I can enable or not enable the wireless. FIOS rep told me the SSID and Wep key were all I needed in the internet configuring dialog box. The Wep key went into the security tab. Also, the IP router utility accepted admin as user and one key stroke as password, but I really didn't even need to go there because I already had the required numbers from the label on the bottom of the router. I consider this issue resolved.
Last edited by susangh; 08-09-2012 at 02:39 PM.