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Offline Ned

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Linux wireless
« on: February 08, 2008, 11:45 AM »
I recently installed a wireless card in my Vista/Ubuntu desktop machine.  Primary reason was curiosity.  Secondary reason, now that I've got it, is that I'll be more likely to get up and running during evacuations (I've never seen a customer with a tower box at Starbucks, but they don't say you can't...).

Netgear WPN311, chosen to match the rest of the wireless gear in the house.  I'm not saying that it's the very best choice (don't know) but I will say that, if you have a choice, stick with a single brand for your wireless network.

Installed manufacturer-supplied drivers for Vista and it worked immediately.  Curiously, Vista limits the speed to 54Mps, rather than the (proprietary) 108Mps possible with the Netgear net gear.

Ubuntu version is 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon).  Ubuntu did detect the card.  After I enabled the wireless connection in System/Network, it worked.  Sort of.  Tell you the truth, I don't remember whether I was stuck dealing with security stuff or not, so I'm not reporting that the standard networking stuff had trouble with my WPA2-protected network.  I'd read about wicd and wanted to use it.

wicd "is an open source wired and wireless network manager for Linux which aims to provide a simple interface to connect to networks with a wide variety of settings"

wicd has "no Gnome dependencies" and I've seen reference to it running with KDE, but I can't provide any more info.  I'm running Gnome only for now.

Those running on laptops and moving from net to net will appreciate the profiles.  In the current configuration, I'm only switching between wired and a single wireless net, but the facililties look good and I recommend that mobile users try this thing.

Ubuntu and the wireless card are working well together.  One more step toward making Ubuntu GRUB's default OS.

« Last Edit: February 08, 2008, 06:45 PM by Ned Young »