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The ez way is just get a usb wifi dongle. The other is a wifi PCI card and install inside the computer if this is a desktop.
I recommend the USB wifi dongle because you can put it on an usb extension cord and place it where your best wifi reception may be from your router.
Any ? just ask
Think I have one of those. Desktop is right below the router.
 

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Well that didn't work. Bad part is the computer has wifi with Windows, Linux doesn't recognize it. It's an Intel Gigabit.
 

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Sounds like a driver issue.
1- Run the "Driver Manager" and see if it finds a drive.
2- Check what wireless hardware you have and check for Linux drivers.
Also try disabling this device and then install the usb wireless and run the "Driver Manager". If it does not find a driver Check the devices web site and see if they have a linux driver.
Here is one that will support Linux.
 
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Thanks Don! I have an update for the Intel just can't find the installation instructions again. It goes in the boot partition. Not up on all the terminal stuff yet! I'll find it again.
 

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This should help you find the driver for your wireless device if one is available.
If this does not find the driver for either device I suggest getting the TP Link usb I listed.
Be sure to do as root, Use "sudo" to get permission.

Type the following commands to list installed wireless card using combination of lspci command and grep command/egrep command, enter:

$ lspci
$ lspci | grep -i broadcom
$ lspci | grep -i wireless
$ lspci | egrep -i --color 'wifi|wlan|wireless'

Sample outputs:
0c:00.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation Ultimate N WiFi Link 5300

Here is outputs from broadcom based wifi card:
01:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Inc. and subsidiaries BCM43228 802.11a/b/g/n

Another outputs:
Please note down the 0c:00.0 or 04:00.0 or 01:00.0 number. You can use those to find out device name or driver name.

2. Find out Linux wireless card driver information

Type the following command to get information about wireless card driver, enter:
$ lspci -vv -s 0c:00.0

Sample outputs:
0c:00.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation Ultimate N WiFi Link 5300
Subsystem: Intel Corporation Device 1121
Control: I/O- Mem+ BusMaster+ SpecCycle- MemWINV- VGASnoop- ParErr- Stepping- SERR+ FastB2B- DisINTx-
Status: Cap+ 66MHz- UDF- FastB2B- ParErr- DEVSEL=fast >TAbort- SERR-
Kernel driver in use: iwlwifi

Another option is to pass the -k option to lspci:

$ lspci -k | more

One can use the lshw command to list network devices including Wi-Fi device on Linux:

sudo lshw -C network

Sample outputs:

*-network
description: Wireless interface
product: Intel Corporation
vendor: Intel Corporation
physical id: 0
bus info: [email protected]:52:00.0
logical name: wlp82s0
version: 1a
serial: 06:d5:95:ff:1c:c7
width: 64 bits
clock: 33MHz
capabilities: pm msi pciexpress msix bus_master cap_list ethernet physical wireless
configuration: broadcast=yes driver=iwlwifi driverversion=5.3.0-18-generic firmware=48.4fa0041f.0 ip=192.168.2.232 latency=0 link=yes multicast=yes wireless=IEEE 802.11
resources: irq:18 memory:ee100000-ee103fff
 
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I'll give that a try here in a bit, Ducky. Iwen went to Intel and found the file for Linux and Intel adapter. It is Preboot.tar.gz. Forgot to bookmark the instructions to install it. DOH.
 

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Okay, entered the first command and saw this in there:
00:19.0 Ethernet controller: Intel Corporation 82579LM Gigabit Network Connection (Lewisville) (rev 05)

Entered the next 3 and got this:
[email protected]:~$ lspci | grep -i wireless
[email protected]:~$ lspci | grep -i broadcom
[email protected]:~$ lspci | egrep -i --color 'wifi|wlan|wireless'
[email protected]:~$

Entered the next and got this:

[email protected]:~$ lspci -vv -s 00:19.0
00:19.0 Ethernet controller: Intel Corporation 82579LM Gigabit Network Connection (Lewisville) (rev 05)
DeviceName: Onboard LAN
Subsystem: Lenovo 82579LM Gigabit Network Connection (Lewisville)
Control: I/O+ Mem+ BusMaster+ SpecCycle- MemWINV- VGASnoop- ParErr- Stepping- SERR- FastB2B- DisINTx+
Status: Cap+ 66MHz- UDF- FastB2B- ParErr- DEVSEL=fast >TAbort- <TAbort- <MAbort- >SERR- <PERR- INTx-
Latency: 0
Interrupt: pin A routed to IRQ 26
Region 0: Memory at fe400000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=128K]
Region 1: Memory at fe428000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=4K]
Region 2: I/O ports at f080
Capabilities: <access denied>
Kernel driver in use: e1000e
Kernel modules: e1000e
Next command:
[email protected]:~$ lspci -k | more
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation 2nd Generation Core Processor Family DRAM
Controller (rev 09)
Subsystem: Lenovo 2nd Generation Core Processor Family DRAM Controller
Kernel driver in use: snb_uncore
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation 2nd Generation Core Process
or Family Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 09)
DeviceName: Onboard IGD
Subsystem: Lenovo 2nd Generation Core Processor Family Integrated Graphi
cs Controller
Kernel driver in use: i915
Kernel modules: i915
00:16.0 Communication controller: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset
Family MEI Controller #1 (rev 04)
Subsystem: Lenovo 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family MEI Controller
Kernel driver in use: mei_me
Kernel modules: mei_me
00:16.3 Serial controller: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family
KT Controller (rev 04)
Subsystem: Lenovo 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family KT Controller
Kernel driver in use: serial
00:19.0 Ethernet controller: Intel Corporation 82579LM Gigabit Network Connectio
n (Lewisville) (rev 05)
DeviceName: Onboard LAN
--More--
Subsystem: Lenovo 82579LM Gigabit Network Connection (Lewisville)
Kernel driver in use: e1000e
Kernel modules: e1000e
00:1a.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family US
B Enhanced Host Controller #2 (rev 05)
Subsystem: Lenovo 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family USB Enhanced Host
Controller
Kernel driver in use: ehci-pci
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family High
Definition Audio Controller (rev 05)
Subsystem: Lenovo 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family High Definition Au
dio Controller
Kernel driver in use: snd_hda_intel
Kernel modules: snd_hda_intel
00:1d.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family US
B Enhanced Host Controller #1 (rev 05)
Subsystem: Lenovo 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family USB Enhanced Host
Controller
Kernel driver in use: ehci-pci
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 PCI Bridge (rev a5)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation Q67 Express Chipset LPC Controller (rev 05
)
Subsystem: Lenovo Q67 Express Chipset LPC Controller
Kernel driver in use: lpc_ich
Kernel modules: lpc_ich
00:1f.2 SATA controller: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family 6
port Desktop SATA AHCI Controller (rev 05)
Subsystem: Lenovo 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family 6 port Desktop SAT
A AHCI Controller
Kernel driver in use: ahci
Kernel modules: ahci
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family SMBus Contr
oller (rev 05)
Subsystem: Lenovo 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family SMBus Controller
Kernel driver in use: i801_smbus
Kernel modules: i2c_i801

Last one gets this:
[email protected]:~$ sudo lshw -C network
[sudo] password for kenny:
*-network
description: Ethernet interface
product: 82579LM Gigabit Network Connection (Lewisville)
vendor: Intel Corporation
physical id: 19
bus info: [email protected]:00:19.0
logical name: eno1
version: 05
serial: 44:37:e6:89:fa:bd
size: 1Gbit/s
capacity: 1Gbit/s
width: 32 bits
clock: 33MHz
capabilities: pm msi bus_master cap_list ethernet physical tp 10bt 10bt-fd 100bt 100bt-fd 1000bt-fd autonegotiation
configuration: autonegotiation=on broadcast=yes driver=e1000e driverversion=3.2.6-k duplex=full firmware=0.13-4 ip=192.168.1.64 latency=0 link=yes multicast=yes port=twisted pair speed=1Gbit/s
resources: irq:26 memory:fe400000-fe41ffff memory:fe428000-fe428fff ioport:f080(size=32)

See if reading that tells you anything, Ducky!
 

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Sounds like a driver issue.
1- Run the "Driver Manager" and see if it finds a drive.
2- Check what wireless hardware you have and check for Linux drivers.
Also try disabling this device and then install the usb wireless and run the "Driver Manager". If it does not find a driver Check the devices web site and see if they have a linux driver.
Here is one that will support Linux.
I went ahead and bought this, be here Tuesday hopefully.
 

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Yes Ethernet cable is fine but I assume he may want to take the laptop out to his shop or what ever.
 
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Wouldn't it be best if the router and computer are that close to just hook up Ethernet?
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The reason I want the wi-fi is to communicate/share files on my Win 10 laptop with out using a USB stick. This Linux machine is my desktop with a nice big screen. Laptop (Win 10 on wi-fi) has a small screen and very hard to read. Just want them to 'talk' to each other!
 
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The reason I want the wi-fi is to communicate/share files on my Win 10 laptop with out using a USB stick. This Linux machine is my desktop with a nice big screen. Laptop (Win 10 on wi-fi) has a small screen and very hard to read. Just want them to 'talk' to each other!
When I first got my router I had a desktop in the office I plugged directly into the router Had my laptop in the living room on wify. They communicated just fine. Didn't have a wifi printer at that time so had to set it up so any thing I wanted printed from the laptop was sent to the desktop that was hardwired to the printer. Can't remember but I think the printer was running on a serial port. At that time they were both windows but I don't even remember which. XP I think.
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When I first got my router I had a desktop in the office I plugged directly into the router Had my laptop in the living room on wify. They communicated just fine. Didn't have a wifi printer at that time so had to set it up so any thing I wanted printed from the laptop was sent to the desktop that was hardwired to the printer. Can't remember but I think the printer was running on a serial port. At that time they were both windows but I don't even remember which. XP I think.
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Linux is known for dropping the wifi on boot, that's why I am trying to figure this all out.
 

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Yes Ethernet cable is fine but I assume he may want to take the laptop out to his shop or what ever.
Since he mentioned the desktop I thought that was what he was trying to hook up. That shouldn't make a difference to the laptop if his router is wireless.
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Since he mentioned the desktop I thought that was what he was trying to hook up. That shouldn't make a difference to the laptop if his router is wireless.
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It does with Linux. Won't connect to the network.
 

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I guess I should have ask which machine you were trying to make the wifi work on The laptop or the desktop. Are they both running Linux.
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it's the desktop with Linux. Laptop is Win 10. I have the Ethernet cable, can get online. just won't find my wifi network.
 

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Ok I went back a looked at previous posts to get a better picture of what you are doing. What I don't know is what router you have. My router is wireless and also has several Ethernet plugs What ever is plugged into the Ethernet or connected to the wireless that is capable of talking to each other can be networked. If the laptop running 10 is connecting to the wireless and you can plug in the Linux box it should work if they can network. I would just hard wire them together and get them networked that way then try wireless
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Linux will NOT connect to the wifi the laptop is on. Even thouigh they both are on the same router. It's an AT&T U-verse router. Can't even see there is a wifi network there!
 
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