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How to Configure Wireless on Any Linux Desktop

“If you are a mobile Linux user one of the first things you need
to do is to connect that mobile device to a wireless access point.
By default, the standard Wi-Fi tools for the Linux desktops are
straight-forward and reliable. That of course presumes you are
using the standard desktops (GNOME or KDE). But what happens when
you opt for a different desktop such as E17 or Fluxbox? Or what if
the “default” standards aren’t flexible enough or feature-rich
enough for your needs. In those instances you need to take a look
at a different toolset for connecting you to a wireless access
point.

“What are your options? You could go for a GUI or command the
command line. I would like to offer options for both GUI and
command line with the help of Wifi Radar and ifconfig.

“Assumptions

“I will assume that you do have wireless hardware that does work
in Linux. If you have found yourself with a wireless card that does
not seem to work you might consider installing the latest Ubuntu
and enabling the proprietary driver for your device. Most often
this will have your wireless working much quicker than trying to go
the ndiswrapper route.”


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