wireless connection to linksys from Inspiron laptop

Nigel Ridley nigel at rmk.co.il
Wed Mar 12 06:41:08 UTC 2008

Derek Broughton wrote:
> Nigel Ridley wrote:
>> I just got my Linksys WRT54GL delivered today and set it up to connect to
>> a pppoe connection. The wired connection works as advertised (beware, if
>> your pc/laptop is already configured with a static ip address, then you
>> won't be able to connect using - I had to stick the
>> Hardy live CD in and then it connected!!??).
> What's with the ??  Of course it won't connect.  You can't have two devices
> on the network with the same IP, and your WRT would need to use that static
> IP address.  Of course, the simple solution would have been to just remove
> all settings, and Network Manager (actually, dhclient) would have set you
> up via DHCP.

All our home network is configured using 192.168.0.xx not 192.168.1.xx
It would seem that the Linsys router would only 'talk' to a computer 
that was set up with DHCP.
The simpler solution to reconfiguring my computer's ip settings was to 
stick in the Hardy 'Desktop' CD and run it 'live'.

>> Anyway, I now want to be able to set up my Dell Inspiron 1525 laptop to
>> connect to the router. I installed wicd and removed KNetworkManager and
>> KWlan, but wicd says that there are no wireless connections available.
> So why would you uninstall the supported and (mostly) functional network
> manager for an unsupported program?  I'm not saying that it's a bad idea -
> I've finally got frustrated enough with NM to give wicd another try - but
> if you know nothing about wireless, jumping in with unsupported software is
> a really bad start.  For most users, NM works just fine.

I returned to using KNetworkManager and it works flawlessly :-)
I have yet to try it in a 'roaming' situation...



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