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Old 05-12-2007, 09:18 AM   #1
BrianD18
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Any progress re Wireless?


Hi, it's a while since I've used my old pc which has Ubuntu loaded. I am looking now to try another distribution, but the key to whether I make much use of it will be wireless internet connectivity. With Ubuntu (Hoary) I had to use ethernet cable, but since the router is located in a different part of the house that did not go down well with my wife, as about thirty feet of cable was required. She and the dog tripped over it frequently...

That was all well over a year ago. My question is this: is there a distro now which comes remotely close to a 'work out of the box' solution on wireless networking? Or conversely is there a pci card or usb stick which will? Or to be really optimistic is there a guaranteed combination of distro and hardware which will work?
 
Old 05-12-2007, 09:27 AM   #2
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Why not just use ndiswrapper?
 
Old 05-12-2007, 11:08 AM   #3
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how old of a computer? UBUNTU 7.04 has good wireless support. Do you use any type of wireless encryption?
wireless in linux requires:
1- that the operating system sees the wireless card. and that you have drivers for it. If you don't have native linux drivers, you will have to use NDISWRAPPer which will let linux use windows native drivers; not only for wireless but for a lot of other devices.
2- wireless tools installed. Wireless tools are group of that scans for wireless networks and join network ID's. wireless tools is are installed with every main distro that i know off. those tools ship usually without GUI insterface
ubuntu 7.04 provides a cool wireless tools GUI interface right from the desktop.

Give ubuntu a shot... read the requiretns from the website and see if ubuntu 7.04 can be installed on your computer.

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Old 05-12-2007, 01:22 PM   #4
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I recently installed Ubuntu (6.10 I think) on a Compaq nc8000 laptop. I was pleasantly surprised that the wireless worked without a hitch.
 
Old 05-13-2007, 10:17 PM   #5
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My laptop comes with Intel Pro Wireless 2200bg, this card requires the firmware be downloaded and unpacked in a specific directory. For Mandriva 2007, when I tried to configure wireless via MCC it told me I was missing the firmware package and gave me the exact name of the rpm file I needed to install, I downloaded it from Mandriva repositories from Windows and put it on a USB key, then installed it with urpmi command from the key in Mandriva and went to configure wireless again and it connected.
For Debian testing, I googled how to configure wireless with the same card and found many tutorials with a link to the proper site to download the firmware and unpack it into /lib/firmware and was able to configure the wireless and connect fairly easily. The drivers for this card and many others are available with the stock kernel for Debian Etch and Lenny and I imagine is also available within the kernel in most mainstream Linux distributions.
 
  


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