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emachine T6412 w/Ubuntu won't upgrade to wifi. Help

by elchari / December 8, 2012 11:55 PM PST

I just bought the Clear wifi hub for my home with the roku xs. My emachine T6412 desktop doesn't have wifi capabilities, netgear N300 and Belkin N150 wireless usb drivers don't work with my Ubuntu. Couldn't get any help from Geeksquad at Bestbuy. How do I upgrade to wifi for my pc?

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Re: Ubuntu and wifi
by Kees_B Forum moderator / December 9, 2012 12:05 AM PST

You need the Ubuntu driver for the wireless device inside (or outside, if you plug it in the Ethernet or USB port of) your emachine. Assuming there's no wireless device in it, you'll need a Linux compatible plugin thing.

Although it's 2 years old, http://www.cyberciti.biz/tips/linux-usb-wireless-compatibility-adapter-list.html might be a useful start.
But wired definitely is easier. That works out of the box.

Kees

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As stated, you need the drivers installed ...
by Edward ODaniel / December 9, 2012 7:51 AM PST
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Wifi/Linux Ubuntu
by pgc3 / December 9, 2012 10:15 PM PST

Just reading what the poster seems to be using for hardware to hook up his eMachine desktop could be a part of the issue, in conjunction with his server and even the Roku device. A couple of years ago I ran into a similar situation with mixed hardware (different manufacturers) and fought the set up till I was blue in the face. The fix was matching the hardware, the router was a Dlink, the adapter a Belkin, I ran to a nearby box store and purchased a Dlink adapter and ZING the thing hooked up. The vote was out as to whether the adapter was bad or there was an issue with firmware. I hung onto the Belkin adapter and at a later time tested it with a Belkin router and it proved to be functional. Food for thought. The other thing I would suggest to someone attempting a wifi hook up with a desktop, to use such as the Roku unit, use a slot adapter, not USB, generally better functionality since USB can be flakey for that purpose.

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