Solved ubuntu linux on a wireless network using linksys router?

January 28, 2012 at 06:52:38
Specs: ubuntu linux, pentium M
is it possibe to set up a ubuntu linux PC on a linksys wireless router? linksys says "no". also where would I get the printer, wireless card, and sound drivers. it's a dell latitude running a pentium m (yeah, i know).

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January 28, 2012 at 11:04:17
Download Ubuntu 10.04 LTS from the link I included above......

The Wireless Intel Driver should be included in Ubuntu 10.04, and it will likely auto-detect the sound chipset, providing both are enabled in the BIOS !

When you have a working Linux, just plug in the printer, it should auto-detect...

Linux has no more issues with Networking than does Windows...



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January 28, 2012 at 08:19:02
Almost no major company wants to play with linux. It is not usually in their sphere of knowledge. It also is a free product and they of course are a money making company.

Yes may be the answer but without knowing more I can't say for sure. Model of nic is important. It also may be that you are talking about some linksys program or special product that needs windows for some odd reason. Millions of people use wireless and wired connections to linksys routers everyday around the world.

HP printers are offered with hplip program for download so they tend to work. Many other work too with cups.

Try a live ubuntu cd to see what works without any work. I suspect the sound and nic will work.

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#2
January 28, 2012 at 08:47:31
"is it possibe to set up a ubuntu linux PC on a linksys wireless router?"

No Routers are for Networking not installing Operating Systems..


Regards you laptop, I see no reason why Ubuntu would not work, but best to stick to Ubuntu 10.04 LTS 32bit, though, as stated above run as a Live CD to check for compatibility:

http://www.ubuntu.com/download/ubun...

Regards Wireless, Linux recognises the standard security protocols of wireless, WEP,WPA etal...


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January 28, 2012 at 09:27:59
I am using a CD, and the sound and NIC do not work. And I know there is no problem with the NIC and sound as I have reinstalled XP on the laptop and reintegrated it into my network. Also, I should have said will a Ubuntu linux PC be able to integrate into a wireless network w/a linksys router? The router in question is a WRT54G2. The NIC is an Intel/PRO wireless LAN 2100 3A Mini PCI Adapter.

Where can I dowload a Linux driver for this NIC? I am not sure which version of ubuntu i have, but it's from valusoft.com, 2008 release, p/n 113062. The printer is an HP. Not too concerned about sound at the moment. I can dowload the drivers from one of my windows machines and transfer them to the ubuntu linux machine w/a USB drive, correct?


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January 28, 2012 at 11:04:17
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Download Ubuntu 10.04 LTS from the link I included above......

The Wireless Intel Driver should be included in Ubuntu 10.04, and it will likely auto-detect the sound chipset, providing both are enabled in the BIOS !

When you have a working Linux, just plug in the printer, it should auto-detect...

Linux has no more issues with Networking than does Windows...


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January 28, 2012 at 11:42:30
OK, thanks. Very helpful. One more question: When I go to add the linux pc to my network, I'm going to have to transfer settings from one of my windows machines via a usb drive, like i always do. is this going to work? I mean settings from a windows machine to a linux one? I really want to get this done. also, what browser do you think would be best to download once I get it connected to the net?

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#6
January 28, 2012 at 12:38:44
You usually don't transfer settings. Linux does not use Windows settings. A newer version of Linux will detect most hardware and install the drivers. The router is setup just as in Windows. You should get the same browser interface.

In regard to brrowsers take your pick - Chrome, Firefox or the one included with the distribution.


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#7
January 28, 2012 at 13:39:36
Chromium and Firefox are the two most common, but Opera is also available. Most Linux Distro's include a Web Browser...

Regards Wireless Settings all you need is the Security Key.


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#8
January 29, 2012 at 10:16:08
OK, I have the distro loaded onto a usb drive. went into the bios and booted from it. it worked and i loaded the nic driver. then i restarted the pc and it still boots from the hdd, even though i set the usb drive as the first boot option. any ideas as to what's going on w/that?

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#9
January 29, 2012 at 10:22:04
I should also note that the boot from usb device option is no longer listed.

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#10
January 29, 2012 at 11:11:20
OK, I figured it out. Don't select "restart" from windows. Instead, select "shut down" and then turn the pc back on manually. I now have internet access via a linksys router, despite linksys tech support stating it can't be done. Now I feel just like when i got my first pc w/windows 98...totally lost, but extremely interesting learning the OS.

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