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Old 01-11-2012, 02:01 AM   #1
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Issue with wireless internet settings in Ubuntu


I am new to unix so started using it by installing Ubuntu and doing some sample programs. Now I came across issue with wireless internet in ubuntu, which is installed in microsoft virtual PC.

I always get message stating that internet is not available. when i run command iwconfig, I get message stating that "No wireless connections available"

Can anyone please help me on this.

Old 01-11-2012, 02:38 AM   #2
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Chances are Windows is taking over the wireless config and is simply providing Ubuntu with a "network connection", which Ubuntu is using as if it's wired. In order for Ubuntu to be able to control the wireless configuration, it would need access to the wireless card itself, not just the resulting internet connection, which you would have to set up in Virtual PC (if it's even possible). Similar to having to pass CD drives and USB drives into the Virtual machine in order for it to see them.

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Old 01-11-2012, 04:14 AM   #3
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If you are using ubuntu 11.04 or 11.10 then after connecting your wireless device click on the network icon on the top panel. The drop-down menu will come up with new wireless device or some thing similar. Select it and go thru the procedure. If you want to connect it using terminal then give me your e-mail id or wait for some time. I'll post a detailed to connect wireless internet connection thru terminal.

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Old 01-11-2012, 12:56 PM   #4
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It would be helpful if you can send the detailed steps to connect internet from terminal.. I tried all the options in windows virtual PC but had no luck. Eagerly waiting for your reply


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Old 01-12-2012, 02:48 AM   #5
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the steps here are for connecting through cell phone and might work for wireless modems also.
I have also mailed this guide to your mail id.

1. Turn off your cellphone and turn it on again. (This is important for some reasons. If you don't do this, the following procedures could not work.)
2. Connect your cellphone to your computer by a USB cable.
3. open a terminal and run
4. You'll see some messages like this at the end of the output.
[17180680.104000] usb 1-2: Handspring Visor / Palm OS converter now attached to ttyUSB0
[17180680.104000] usb 1-2: Handspring Visor / Palm OS converter now attached to ttyUSB1
[17180680.104000] usb 1-2: palm_os_4_probe - error -32 getting connection info
[17180680.104000] visor 1-2:1.1: Handspring Visor / Palm OS converter detected
[17180680.104000] usb 1-2: Handspring Visor / Palm OS converter now attached to ttyUSB2
[17180680.104000] usb 1-2: Handspring Visor / Palm OS converter now attached to ttyUSB3

5. At the end of this output, you will find your modem port that will be represented like this: ttyUSBx or ttyACM0 or similar, make note of it. You will need it later.
6. Run System>Administration>Networking. Uncheck all the check boxes beside "Wireless Connection", "Wired Connection", and "Modem Connection". Click Modem Connection and click Properties button.
7. Check "Enable this connection"
8. Input your Internet service provider's phone number and dial prefix(Ask your cellphone company). In my case, phone number is 1501 and dial prefix is none.
9. Input your username and password(Ask your cellphone company this too). As for my case, username is sktelecom and password is none.
10. Click Modem tab.
11. Input your modem port that was acquired at the No. 5 procedure (with /dev). I tried /dev/ttyUSB0, /dev/ttyUSB1, /dev/ttyUSB2, and /dev/ttyUSB3. I finally found out that /dev/ttyUSB2 is right for me.
12. Leave dial type as it is. (Both tone and pulse worked for me)
13. Set the volume "OFF"
14. Click Options tab.
15. Check "Set modem as default route to internet" and "Use the Internet service provider nameservers"
16. Uncheck "Retry if the connection breaks or fails to start" (Checking this would bother you when debugging your problem)
17. Click OK
18. Check the check box beside "Modem connection"
19. When you check it, your cellphone would dial up your ISP immediately.
20. Open a terminal and run ifconfig
21. If it shows ppp0 connection similar to the following, your internet is on now!

ppp0 Link encap:Point-to-Point Protocol
inet addr: P-t-P: Mask:
RX packets:1887 errors:2 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:1688 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:3
RX bytes:1998783 (1.9 MiB) TX bytes:250817 (244.9 KiB)

22. If not, turn your cellphone off, turn it on again and try changing the modem port at the No. 11 procedure. After you change the modem port, uncheck the check box of No. 18 procedure and check it again. Your cellphone will dial up your ISP right after you uncheck and check it.

23. Repeat No. 22 procedure until you see ppp0 connection in the ifconfig messages as explained in No. 21 procedure.

24. Got it? Congratulations!

tip) If you still experience problems, the following commands would help you to see what's happening inside during dial up.
cat /var/log/syslog

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