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by _Windows_Man_ / April 15, 2013 12:17 PM PDT

I put Ubuntu on an old computer of mine but can't connect to WiFi. I'm using a Linksys Cisco AE2500 USB adapter. I need help with driver and I'm not to good with configuration commands in the terminal. Help me!

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by 3rdalbum / April 16, 2013 12:50 AM PDT
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I usually say what R Proffitt said; there are plenty of USB wifi adapters that work instantly out-of-the-box in Ubuntu (a quick search on Amazon will show you a number of them) and if you shop around you can get one for under $10.

However, I did find these details: http://www.grailbox.com/2012/05/installing-cisco-linksys-ae2500-wireless-adapter-in-linux/

Ignore the "Download the latest Ndiswrapper and compile it" step - instead, just install Ndiswrapper from Ubuntu Software Center. Of course, you should be using one of the latest Ubuntus. Probably 12.10 would be better as it would have a later version of Ndiswrapper.

I've actually never used Ndiswrapper because I've always either been lucky to have a fully-supported device, or I've done the research before buying to determine that the device I'm buying will work. Long story short, I can't provide any additional support on how to use Ndiswrapper, sorry.

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Long ago I would do that compile and more.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 16, 2013 3:32 AM PDT
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But as adapters have plummeted in cost I rarely spend the days at this. My favorite adapter is the slightly more expensive one that has WiFi and ethernet on the other side. Since we see almost every Linux distro gets Ethernet working, it's my favorite adapter in my kit bag. The full price is a tad high but the refurb is a bargain. Look at the WNCE2001 REFURB model.
Bob

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I'd change adapters.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 15, 2013 12:37 PM PDT
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I use models that are supported without any need to do driver hunts.

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