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How to Fix Wireless on Ubuntu

Aug 28, 2009, 05:03 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Christopher Tozzi)

"Until a few weeks ago, I had the luxury of a wired network connection to plug my computer into. It was great–no passphrases to keep track of, no interference from the neighbors’ networks and no crashing wireless drivers. Then I moved, and now have to use my wireless card to get online. Although I have a chipset manufactured by Atheros, one of the most Linux-friendly vendors around, my connection is a mess, tending to drop under heavy load and requiring several minutes to negotiate a WPA handshake.

"To be fair, Ubuntu, and Linux more generally, have come a long way on the wireless front in the last few years. More and more wireless cards are now truly plug-and-play, and ndiswrapper is becoming a thing of the past. But there’s a lot of room left for improvement."

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