NetworkManager and system updates

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Wireless routers usually have inputs for network cables. If the router assigns IP addresses with DHCP, which it usually does, NetworkManager automatically connects after you plug in the network cable. Rarely does this not work, but if you encounter problems, you must assign an IP address and domain name manually.

Wireless Networks

For Ubuntu to set up your wireless card properly, the kernel needs to find a suitable driver for the card. Then, it's as easy as clicking the NetworkManager to obtain the neighboring networks (Figure 5). Select the name of the wireless network and log in with your passcode. To avoid mistyping the password, make the password visible. Ubuntu automatically detects the encryption type (WEP or WPA) the access point uses. After a successful network authentication, your wireless card provides you a valid IP address via DHCP.

Figure 5: NetworkManager displays the neighboring access points, which is generally the first choice when accessing the Internet..

Setting up your smartphone (Android or iPhone) as an access point, which is called tethering , also works. NetworkManager treats the tethered smartphone as a normal access point and connects to it. Smartphones use the Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS) to get to the Internet, which is a good solution when you are on the move. Don't forget, however, to secure the access point on your mobile phone with a good password and deactivate it when you are done.

If the kernel doesn't provide a driver for your wireless card, a proprietary driver is usually available. To test this, press the Windows key and open the Software Repositories program. If the Additional Drivers tab lists the driver for your card, click Activate so that the wizard can download the corresponding software for the card.

If these steps don't work, you can search online for Ubuntu 13.04 {YOUR WIRELESS CHIP} . To determine what your built-in wireless chip is called, press Ctrl+Alt+T to open a terminal and enter:

$ lspci | grep "Network"

For a USB device, use the following command to find the chip's ID number:

$ lsusb

An Ubuntu help page [3] lists the wireless card and its degree of support in Ubuntu and its derivatives. Setting up an unsupported wireless cards sometimes can be complicated, and other times a simple shell command can activate a card. In some situations, programs such as Ndiswrapper allow use of the card's Windows driver with Ubuntu [4].

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