Hello sevensevenone and wellcome to LQ,
there are some commands in linux which will help you to find out if your network-card is detected by the system. There is /sbin/lsusb which shows you all usb-devices which are connected. "lsmod" shows you which kernel-modules are loaded, in your case
lsmod | grep -i smc
will point you in the right direction.
How to configure your system for wlan depends on the distribution. I'd recommend to read the manuals.