Originally Posted by ferrari353
I have the Verizon Fios router. and it's wireless. Would a different Linux recognize the router?
I also have a Verizon Fios router. It is wireless, but it also has connection points for a few (I think four) wired internet connections.
Do you have any LAN cables you could use to try Linux with a wired connection?
I have used Linux with a wireless connection to my Fios router on occasion and didn't run into any trouble. I guess I got lucky regarding the wireless interfaces in those particular laptop computers. But almost all of my Linux use has been with wired connections to the router.
I'm confident Linux has no problem with the Fios wireless router. But it may have a problem with the wireless interface in your PC.
A different distribution or version of Linux might do a better job of initial support of your particular wireless interface. But that would be a difficult and maybe unsound path to solving the problem. The driver and/or settings can be changed to make the interface work with the version of Linux you have.
The next step is figuring out what wireless interface you have.
After that, you might need to download a driver for it, which would be much easier if you temporarily have a wired connection.
I forget all the details of how you even find out what wireless interface you have. But those should be easy to find in any of the previous threads at LQ where any expert gave any beginner help with initial support of a wireless interface.