upgrade from Lubuntu 12 LTS to Lubuntu 14 LTS on old desktop?

Richard H. McCullough rhm at pioneerca.com
Sun Aug 9 18:25:53 UTC 2015

Thanks! Your info. let me solve the problem.
1) I didn't know that lower right icon was for Wireless.
2) No list of available WiFi connections.
3) Serious name problem with AT&T U-verse SSID, key, password.
The right data was in the wrong slot.
Does the same solution work for Belkin N300 wireless adapter?
If so, how do I find & install the driver?

Dick McCullough

> Date: Sun, 9 Aug 2015 11:03:40 -0600
> From: Aere at Dvorak-Keyboards.com
> To: rhm at pioneerca.com; israeldahl at gmail.com; lubuntu-users at lists.ubuntu.com
> Subject: Re: upgrade from Lubuntu 12 LTS to Lubuntu 14 LTS on old desktop?
> Richard:
> The fact that it notifies you that wireless networks are available 
> indicates the hardware is now working.
> I have never used any automated configuration, or the button on the 
> wireless dongle to configure.  I don't know how to make it work that way.
> But I have always (once it gets to where it says wireless networks are 
> available), been able to manually configure the wireless.
> to do that, you first click on the wireless icon at the right of the 
> task-bar (it's a left-click).
> It then shows you a bunch of wireless routers within range of the 
> receiver it has detected.  The wireless router you use (its SSID name, 
> which you can get if you look at the configuration you set up for your 
> wireless router).  Click (left) on that one.
> If it is already configured, it will just connect to it.  But where it 
> is not yet configured, a window appears, where you enter your wireless 
> (WPA/WPA2) pass-phrase for connecting to the network.  If your wireless 
> network uses WEP, that's where you enter your WEP code as well.  By the 
> length and content of the pass-phrase, it can distinguish between 
> WPA/WPA2 and WEP.
> If nobody is looking over your shoulder to discover the pass-phrase, 
> click the check-box for it to show you what you're typing, so you get it 
> right (you then have to click on the text-box where you type the 
> pass-phrase).
> Type in your pass-phrase, and click the button to process the data and 
> connect (I forgot what it's called - possibly "Connect").  You might be 
> able to just press the enter-key to do the same thing.
> It will 'churn' for awhile, and it should then connect, assuming you 
> typed the pass-phrase correctly.  It should thereafter connect 
> automatically when you reboot, and are within range of that wireless 
> router.
> You can edit existing wireless network configurations using 
> Menu...Preferences...Network Connections, if necessary.  I had to do 
> that when I changed long ago from WEP to WPA.
> I have a number of machines where I have to install b43-fwcutter and 
> firmware-b43-installer, and once I reboot after having done so, It works 
> fine for me.
> The way I get around the problem of needing to install the two packages 
> without Internet access, is I plug-in a wireless dongle not needing 
> those packages, and use that for Internet access installing the 
> packages.  But you could always move the machine to within-reach of an 
> Ethernet cable from the wireless router.
> I hope that helps.
> - Aere
> On 08/09/2015 09:20 AM, Richard H. McCullough wrote:
> > I installed b43-fwcutter yesterday.
> > I installed firmware-b43-installer just now.
> >
> > Output of lsusb is attached.
> > Output of usb-devices is attached.
> >
> > When I uplug Ethernet cable, I get internet disconnected message.
> > When I look at Interfaces, I see
> >       Bytes Received        0
> >       Bytes Sent                0
> >       Network Name (SSID)      blank -- should be 2WIRE155
> >       Bit Rate                     0 Mb/s
> >       Transmission Power    Unknown
> >       Mode                        Managed
> >       Status                        0
> >       Link Quality              0
> >       Signal / Noise           0/46166446
> >
> > When I reboot
> > 1) I get upper right corner message saying
> >     WiFi networks available, use network menu
> > 2) I push autoconnect button on Netgear WNA3100M
> > 3) I have my Lenovo laptop logged on
> >     Netgear WNA3100M shows as device e4:f4:c6:4c:5e:ce, IP 
> >, status OFF
> >     I enable WiFI Protected Setup, then Push WPS Button Remotely, and get
> >        "Errors" or "Successful Configuration"
> >        but in either case Netgear WNA3100M is not connected
> > 4) back on my Dell desktop
> >     Network Settings show no DNS Servers and no Search Domains
> >     because of weird display problem with Ubuntu 14.04, I not sure
> >     if settings are really blank, or if my settings of
> >            DNS
> >            search  attlocal.net
> >     are still there
> >     Maybe manual setup would work (it did on Windows 8.1)
> >     but I don't know how to do manual setup on Ubuntu 14.04
> -- 
> Sincerely,
> Aere
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