How to Enable Wireless in Ubuntu 10.04

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Ubuntu is an open source, Linux-based operating system for installation on laptops, netbooks, personal computers and servers. It is designed for simple installation and incorporates most necessary system hardware drivers into the main operating system installation. Ubuntu tries to automatically activate any external or internal wireless network devices connected to the computer at boot up and then detect any nearby wireless access points. Any network card that cannot be activated automatically by the operating system must be manually configured.

Things You'll Need

  • Wireless router
  • Wireless card

Connecting From System Notification Area

  • Right-click on the "Network Manager" icon in the System Notification area at the top-right corner of the screen. Check the box next to "Enable Wireless."

  • Click on the "Network Manager" icon in the System Notification area at the top-right corner of the screen. Click "Wireless Networks," then click on the network name to connect to.

  • Enter the security password at the prompt if you selected an encrypted network. If the security type --WPA, WEP, WPA2 -- is not automatically selected, select the appropriate type from the drop-down menu. Click "Connect."

  • Open your browser and load a Web page or Web application to test the connection.

Tips & Warnings

  • Make sure that your wireless device is plugged in, if external, and that it's powered on.
  • If Ubuntu fails to connect to the network, reboot the computer and try connection again.

References

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