wireless laptop internet connection

Asked by Skip Plummer on 2006-08-27

wireless laptop computer connections. I was unable to establish a wireless connection to my laptop computer at home with Ubuntu 5.10. I had to resort to an ethernet cable. the laptop does connect in a wireless mode with Windows XP, a D-Link DWL-AB650 AirPro wireless cardbus adapter and a D-Link DWL-700AP Air 2.4 GHz wireless access point.

I have just received Ubunto 6.06 LTS and I am wondering if I waill be able to connect in a wireless mode with the above mentioned equipment. I was hoping that there would now be a way that Ubuntu could "inherit" the wireless connection that is already working on this laptop but I am a bit reluctant to go through the complete installation if this will not be the case.

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Toby Smithe (tsmithe) said : #1

You will need to set up the connection. There is no such thing as "inheritance". Sorry. You can do that by going to System->Administration->Networking (or something like that). Note that WPA security is a bit shaky at the moment (unless you are comfortable with the console; or have installed network-manager), and I have never tried ad hoc mode. Describe further your scenario.

Skip Plummer (skipplummer) said : #2

Hi Toby,

My Gateway laptop is currently running XP and is wireless (around the house)
through the D-Link wireless access point and the D-Link Dual-Band Wireless
Cardbus Adapter. I believe that it is currently using WPA rather than WEP.

In the earlier Ubuntu release it seems to me that it could "see" the
wireless connection but could never connect to it or through it. I
substituted an ethernet connection between the laptop and my hub equipment
and Ubuntu would run on the laptop but not being wireless decreased the
laptops' usefulness to me and I re-installed the Windows XP OS to re-gain
the wireless properties that had been lost.

I've been online since 1993 and dial-ups and DOS 5.0 and have come up
through the ranks self-taught. I now use a fixed wireless ISP (not
satellite) and the house is online 24/7 through an antenna/router on the
outside of the house. I have 2.0 Gbp/s available to me in the "air" around
the house but have it "capped" to something more reasonable at the router
(always-on).

Perhaps I have been spoiled by Microsoft but I have always been able to
wrangle a connection whether dial-up, DSL or wireless. I no longer seem to
be able to do that with a Linux based OS.

Skip Plummer

-------Original Message-------

From: Toby Smithe
Date: 8/27/2006 3:28:21 PM
To: <email address hidden>
Subject: [Support #1617]: Re: wireless laptop internet connection

Support request #1617 on Ubuntu changed:
https://launchpad.net/distros/ubuntu/+ticket/1617

Comment:
You will need to set up the connection. There is no such thing as
inheritance". Sorry. You can do that by going to
System->Administration->Networking (or something like that). Note that WPA
security is a bit shaky at the moment (unless you are comfortable with the
console; or have installed network-manager), and I have never tried ad hoc
mode. Describe further your scenario.

Dean Sas (dsas) said : #3

WPA can be a bit hit and miss, you may find more information at http://help.ubuntu.com/community/WifiDocs though.

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