Ubuntu will not connect to Home network

Asked by Francois Pienaar on 2009-04-01


I have a Dell D600 laptop with a Broadcom Network card (wired/wireless) and just installed the latest version of Ubuntu on it at a Linux Install fest at WITS (woohoo!) Anyway... my computer was able to connect to the University's network, which is completely Linux (Unix?) based.

Here's the problem: I have tried to connect it to my home network, both wired and wirelessly, but have failed (obviously). I am running the network through a Linksys WRT54G3G router, using automatic DHCP configuration, which is connected with a cable to a Vista pc and accesses the internet via a 3G card. At one point when I was trying to fiddle my way into getting the laptop to connect via a cable, I could see the Windows network, but couldn't access it, and the network icon was showing that I am not connected to a network.

Your help would be greatly appreciated.... :'(

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Craig Huffstetler (xq) said : #1

So, can you connect to the network (I.E. connect to the Internet and router) or just not connect to your Windows network machines?

I believe it is the later, but I'm just asking for clarification.

If you can not connect to the Windows network machines you need to download Samba. This is what supports connecting to windows networks machines, across the Linux platform. You can read more about this here:
This will allow you to access folders, share files and folders, etc. with Windows machines on your network.



Francois Pienaar (fpienaar16) said : #2

Sorry, should have clarified... I cannot connect to the router's web based configuration or the internet...

Craig Huffstetler (xq) said : #3

Wired or wireless?

Francois Pienaar (fpienaar16) said : #4

Neither... also i can only see the network when I'm connected with a cable. The wireless doesn't seem to work at all.

Mohamed Zaian (mzaian) said : #5

can you try to avoid using dhcp and set up you network configuration manually using network-manager if possible

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