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Old 12-10-2006, 10:50 PM   #1
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Question Setting up comcast wifi in Ubuntu

I just downloaded Ubuntu 6.06 and took windows xp completely off my compaq desktop. I'm beginning to think this may have been a mistake. Originally I wanted to get rid of windows so that I could do what I want with my computer, and not have to pay every few years to continue using my computer for the same purposes i was using it before. It was kind of a political decision. But I say that it was a mistake (perhaps) because I really don't know anything about linux. I don't read/write code of any kind. And I work 3 jobs and I'm busy as hell, so it's hard for me to learn that sort of stuff. Now what I need to do is set up my wifi connection. It's a comcast account with a valid network key and all that stuff. It worked fine with windows. But it doesn't work now and the instructions and support I have for it are only for xp. If anyone could send me a sort of step-by-step for this, I'd really appreciate it.

Old 12-11-2006, 05:27 PM   #2
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Well, I don't think you made a mistake. Time will tell of course. First thing, I think you choose the right distro, I think it would help to download (K)Ubuntu 6.10, just in case it has the wireless drivers for your hardware, whereas 6.6 might not be as current. It's worth the trouble to download the iso now, rather than try to fiddle something together later. I would help to know exactly what hardware you are running as well, more info is better than less. If worse comes to worse, and you want a hassle free solution, even if it costs just a bit more, you might want to consider buying a usb wireless adapter that you know is linux compadable. I was doing a little searching myself, and found this.....

If you have any question about anything linux related, this is the right spot for it.

Hope you like it.


P.S. Found this too, doesn't help, but it does seem that it can work.

Last edited by budword; 12-11-2006 at 05:33 PM.
Old 08-15-2009, 09:19 AM   #3
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Too bad someone didn't understand what he was talking about. It wasn't his incompatable wifi - it was incompatable Comcast.

His answer is: You have to call up Comcast and they will guide you through a set up for Linux.

Comcast uses a system with a special proxy to set up - and keep others out it seems as when a "visiting laptop" comes to visit, they get a "you must set up your comcast account" screen without being able to connect to the Internet.

Verizon allows Linux users to connect without restriction - their software won't work on your Linux box, but most distros are very smart - it can set itself up just fine! Just keep your username and password handy!



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