D-Link RangeBooster G PC card works with Ubuntu

Since I repeated my feat of installing Ubuntu Feisty Fawn on the second laptop I got from the auction at work, I haven’t bought a wireless PC card for it. For the first laptop, I bought a TRENDnet TEW-441PC Wireless Super G PC Card for $14.99 at Circuit City and it worked flawlessly with Ubuntu. I felt hesitant to buy a different card since it is hard to tell if any other PC cards work just as well. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get the TRENDnet card locally anymore. Buy online would cost me $29.99 on the Circuit City website and they don’t offer the mail-in rebate that was available for my last purchase. They do offer free shipping for orders over $24. But in the spirit of not wasting all the materials and fuel involved in shipping, I decided to look for another wireless PC card to buy locally. Continue reading “D-Link RangeBooster G PC card works with Ubuntu”

Out on the road and back

My main purpose of getting the Toshiba Portege 3490CT through an auction at work is to travel to conferences and give presentations. I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on the laptop because I have a Mac mini as the desktop at home and I totally love it. After I installed Ubuntu Linux onto the laptop, everything done on the laptop goes through the Internet. I use a USB flash drive to carry a few files in case there is no Wifi connection but otherwise, I don’t store any files on the laptop. Before I actually went on the road for the first time, I bought a bunch of gears:

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Using the Linux laptop “in the field”

I have tested my laptop’s Wifi capability off and on for a month around town accessing various hot spots. It has been quite easy to get on the internet so far. But I don’t consider the laptop fully tested until I get to use Wifi for more than several hours.

My chance to test the laptop in the field came this week. On the last two days, I brought my laptop with me to the hotel where my work was holding a conference. The hotel has free Wifi and I successfully got onto the internet using NetworkManager instead of Wifi Radar which I previously raved about in an older post. I guess I didn’t understand how to use NetworkManager a while back. It seems to connect to Wifi much more readily than Wifi Radar. Continue reading “Using the Linux laptop “in the field””

Wifi happens

Over the weekend, I spent many hours tinkering with my laptop to get it connected to Wifi at home. I’ve gotten nowhere messing around in NetworkManager (even with help from my hubby who knows how to navigate in the Terminal). I was starting to worry that the TRENDnet wireless PC card I bought due to the attraction of hefty rebates would not work with my laptop or Ubuntu in that matter. But all the frustration flew out the door in less than an hour today. Continue reading “Wifi happens”

Cannot get TRENDnet TEW-441PC wireless card to work in Ubuntu

After I had Ubuntu installed successfully on my laptop, my next project is to get it work with Wifi. I wasn’t sure which PC card to buy at first. Then I read about MADWiFi‘s compatibility with the TRENDnet TEW-441PC wireless card and the rebates for that card which ended yesterday through CompUSA so I went out and bought it. Continue reading “Cannot get TRENDnet TEW-441PC wireless card to work in Ubuntu”