Ubuntu 9.10 Wireless Connectivity

I got hold of a copy of the Ubuntu 9.10 and tried to test it as a Live CD.

I was really amazed, Ubuntu 9.10 improved a lot from the previous releases. First, it loaded the Live CD very fast without any glitches. Previous releases let me wait for a long time, slows my laptop and lastly I could not get my wireless modem working.

Previous to Ubuntu 9.10, I got so much of a problem activating my wireless modem. With the current Ubuntu Live CD, it was a breeze. This made me decide to install it.

The installation was quick, no problems whatsoever. I almost got frustrated again however when my wireless modem was not detected again. I almost reverted back to my old OS until I tried one more time to configure my laptop's wireless modem.

First I tried to install my wireless modem driver but the driver installation terminates prematurely. It was caused by a driver already installed. I uninstalled the driver first and re-installed it successfully then activated without any problem.

Here are the steps I did to configure my wireless modem in Ubuntu 9.10.
1. Install the wireless card proprietary driver using "System > Administration > Hardware Drivers.

Activated Wireless Modem

2. Add your wireless modem using "System > Preferences > Network Connections".

Wireless Modem Configuration Window

With some more installation of few applications, I am again a happy user of Ubuntu (I have been using it on my Desktop PC - wired modem).

About the Author

Ver Pangonilo
A Filipino Engineer, Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland (RPEQ) - Australia and Professional Electrical Engineer (PEE) - Philippines with extensive experience in concept select, front-end engineering, HV & LV detail design, construction and commissioning of Hazardous and Non-Hazardous Area electrical installations in water and waste water pipeline and pumping facilities, offshore platforms, hydrocarbon process plants and pipelines including related facilities. Hazardous area classification and design certification (UEENEEM015B, UEENEEM016B, UEENEEM017B).
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