Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Wireless and mobile broadband setup in Linux Mint 10 (Julia)

As strange as it might sound, this is actually my first post on my blogspot since I've registered it almost 2 years ago.
You know what, it is not easy to kick-start a technology oriented blog!
Infact, I think that statement is also valid for other types of blogs! Of course, you keep on telling yourself that you will start tomorrow but unfortunately that never materializes! However, thanks to my dear friend Federico Vuni (who was previously charged with the task of being the head of the 2011 South Sudan referendum center in London) I got somehow motivated and managed to write this post today.

The truth is that Federico had a windows 7 OS preinstalled on his brand new Samsung Netbook but he also wished to dual boot it with a Linux distro.

Luckily, some time back I was able to install Lunix Mint on his netbook and it was dual booting beautifully with windows 7. Unfortunately, due to some technical issues we did not endeavor to set up the wireless and mobile broadband on the Netbook.

Federico contacted me last week inquiring about the possibility of setting up the aforementioned items on his netbook. At that point I whispered to myself that maybe this is it! This is the chance or motivation I've been waiting for to start my blog.
Immediately and without hesitation I told Federico that I would prepare a video tutorial and some screen shots which explain how the whole process should be setup.

I've just finished with the recording of the video and the editing of the screen-shots so I guess it is time to start the tutorial. However, before we indulge in the realm of this post it might be worth mentioning that the narration on the video explaining the mobile broadband setup is in a mix of Arabic and English languages. Having said that, I firmly believe that technology language is universal and the message conveyed here should be understandable by the majority of readers regardless of their language or origin. O.k, let's start.

Setting up the built-in wireless card in Linux Mint 10

Some years back it was a real nightmare to configure wireless cards on Linux regardless of the distro. Nowadays, it became like a child's play and everyone can do it easy and fast. This is true provided that Linux has identified and installed the driver for your wireless card.

Make sure that your wireless router is switched on and functional. Obviously, if it is not switched on or not working you will not be able to connect to it!

Login to your Linux Mint system by clicking on your username and entering your password:

After logging into Linux Mint, proceed to the NetWorkManager(NWM) icon and click on it (don't right click):

Please note that in the above image there is already a wired connection (i.e using a network cable) which has been established by the NetWorkManager. In the case of the non-existence of any wired connections then the Manager will present a diffrent icon indicating non connectivity as illustrated below:

If you did not plug any network cable into your Netbook then your NetWorkManager should resemble the one shown above. Now, no matter how your Manger looks like, just click on it(don't right click).

If the wireless driver was already identified by the system then you will see a number of wireless network IDs (or only your own network ID incase of unavailability of other wireless networks in the vicinity!).
Now click on your preferred wireless network ID and enter your security code if prompted:

If you finished step 4 successfully then you should be now connected to your router and you can start surfing the internet by firing up your favourite browser.

If , on clicking on the NetworkManager in step 3, no wireless network(s) was/were presented then your wireless card was not recognized by Linux Mint. In this case it will be necessary to install the drivers manually using tools such as NdisWrapper which is an open-source driver or kernel module that allows Linux to use standard Windows XP drivers for wireless network devices.
NdisWrapper is beyond the scope of this tutorial but for more information and possible help please go to their WEBSITE...

Setting up 3 Mobile broadband on Linux Mint 10 (Video)

Finally, the below screenshot shows the final stage inwhich the connection is established with the 3 mobile network. Note the notification popup that indicates the establishment of the connection.

Well, that's it from me this time and hope the tutorial has been helpful.

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