Wifi and Linux

jef s

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Hello Everyone, I,m Nearly New to Linux, I hav'nt quite Fully Switched Yet from Windows.

Linux Looks like a wonderful Operating sytem and would love to use it all the time.
Just Wondering Why Wifi is so hard to setup, This is the only reason why i hav'nt Fully Switched Over yet.
Or Maybe Someone could Point me in the right Direction, I would love to say that i only run Linux but Sadly not

I have a Alternative Linux program/app for every other one of my Windows Progs but its just the Wifi or Lack of it that holds me back
I do use a Wired Connection but it would be helpful have Wifi

Heres Hoping, Jef
 


dos2unix

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Many people (including myself) use wifi on Linux everyday.
Having said that. It's not always as easy as doing it "the windows way".

A lot of it depends on two things.
1. Which distro of Linux do you want to use?
2. Which wifi card do you have in your computer?
(As a rule Intel based wifi chipsets seem to be the most compatible).
 

jef s

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Many people (including myself) use wifi on Linux everyday.
Having said that. It's not always as easy as doing it "the windows way".

A lot of it depends on two things.
1. Which distro of Linux do you want to use?
2. Which wifi card do you have in your computer?
(As a rule Intel based wifi chipsets seem to be the most compatible).
i,m using linux mint 19.2 cinnamon
i have a atheros wifi i think ?
 

dos2unix

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I would think you should be fine. I have a fedora box running with an atheros 9k chip.
What many people do, is try booting from a "live" USB or DVD version of the distro they want
to use. Then just connect to your local wifi the way you normally would. 95% of the
time, it really is that easy.
 
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alkion

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A desktop computer or laptop. Built-in or USB card?
These commands in the terminal as root :
Code:
lspci -k
Code:
lsusb
Code:
ip a
Code:
rfkill list all
 
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jef s

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i have a atheros ar5b95 (ar9285 chipset) Wifi Built-in, on a Acer one mini Laptop.

What do these commands tell me ?
 

alkion

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See if it goes to Mint:
Code:
apt-get update
Code:
apt-get upgrade
Code:
apt-get dist-upgrade
Code:
apt-get install firmware-atheros
What do these commands tell me ?
The commands show what equipment you have and how it works.
 
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captain-sensible

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I think this thread could be useful leading to a mini tutorial 0n addressing wifi Linux. Hopefully some admins might join in. I just installed Slackware 14.2 on a new Hp laptop : description: Notebook
product: HP Laptop 14-cm0xxx (6ZJ47EA#ABU)
vendor: HP
version: Chassis Version
serial: 5CG9325GD1
width: 4294967295 bits
capabilities: smbios-3.0 dmi-3.0 smp vsyscall32
configuration: boot=normal chassis=notebook family=103C_5335KV HP Notebook sku=6ZJ47EA#ABU uuid=26EEBF7B-D673-1D44-B142-AB458CCCA669

Knoppix live can use the inbuilt Network card and a USB wifi adapter can also get me connected to wifi. I've used slackware for a while never had Network problems before, thus on this i'm pretty much a newbie. To me a logical approach might be :
Gather general info on laptop and hardware, which can be used as an initial G/ duckduck search. Try and find which module is needed to use network card, does kernel have it ? If not how do i go and get one, compile and insert into kernel .If kernel has necessary module how do i load it ? i've started with "lshw" which trells me :
*-network UNCLAIMED
description: Network controller
product: Intel Corporation

so basically network card is there, knoppix an use it , but slackware 14.2 64 bit can't might be kernel is old and doesn't have modules to us it.
 

alkion

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Mint 19.2 as there is no wifi:
Code:
 apt-get install linux-headers-generic build-essential git
Code:
git clone https://github.com/benjarobin/MT7630E.git
Code:
cd MT7630E/rt2x00
Code:
make
Code:
 make install
Code:
modprobe mt7630e
 
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Jeremyb

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I think this thread could be useful leading to a mini tutorial 0n addressing wifi Linux. Hopefully some admins might join in. I just installed Slackware 14.2 on a new Hp laptop : description: Notebook
product: HP Laptop 14-cm0xxx (6ZJ47EA#ABU)
vendor: HP
version: Chassis Version
serial: 5CG9325GD1
width: 4294967295 bits
capabilities: smbios-3.0 dmi-3.0 smp vsyscall32
configuration: boot=normal chassis=notebook family=103C_5335KV HP Notebook sku=6ZJ47EA#ABU uuid=26EEBF7B-D673-1D44-B142-AB458CCCA669

Knoppix live can use the inbuilt Network card and a USB wifi adapter can also get me connected to wifi. I've used slackware for a while never had Network problems before, thus on this i'm pretty much a newbie. To me a logical approach might be :
Gather general info on laptop and hardware, which can be used as an initial G/ duckduck search. Try and find which module is needed to use network card, does kernel have it ? If not how do i go and get one, compile and insert into kernel .If kernel has necessary module how do i load it ? i've started with "lshw" which trells me :
*-network UNCLAIMED
description: Network controller
product: Intel Corporation

so basically network card is there, knoppix an use it , but slackware 14.2 64 bit can't might be kernel is old and doesn't have modules to us it.
You may need a much newer kernel and firmware for that device to work
 

captain-sensible

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i've done some delving and used lateral thinking i simply booted current 64 bit live from a USB stick ; i using it now its found and using internal network card lspci from live current gives
Intel Corporation Dual Band Wireless-AC 3168NGW [Stone Peak] (rev 10) So since live works i have the choice to stick with 14.2 stable or re-install upgrade to current
 


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