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Old 03-29-2010, 06:40 AM   #1
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Puppy Linux Network Wizard can't detect my router

Have just booted Puppy onto old laptop using LiveCD, trying to set up Internet Connection and although it found my USB adaptor, when it scans it can't detect the wireless router which is used successfully by another laptop in the house, or any other routers for that matter. I have searched the fora, but couldn't find anything, so any help would be greatly appreciated. Btw I am new to Linux so need everything explained with a minimum of jargon, thanks!
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these commands are to help us to know what your system thinks is installed (not necessarily to get you connected).
lspci # will tell us the pci devices you have in your system.
lsusb # will tell us the usb devices you have in your system.
ifconfig # will tell us what network interface cards you have turned on in your system.
ifconfig -a # will tell us all the network interface cards you have in your system.
iwconfig # will tell us which of your network interface cards has wireless capability
now that we know that, this should get you connected:
sudo iwlist device scan # this will use the device interface (that from the above command, we found out has wireless capability) and scan for wireless routers that are accessible.
sudo iwconfig device essid "myssid" # assuming no security, use that device to connect to your router.
sudo dhclient # will attempt to get ip-address, subnet mask, dns server information automatically from your router assuming dhcp is turned on on your router.
as for a gui to handle this automatically in the future try these:
sudo apt-get install network-manager # to install network manager applet
sudo apt-get install wicd # to install wicd
also, make sure there isnt some switch or key combination to turn on/off the wireless radio.


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