how to find wireless networks?

Pastor JW pastor_jw at
Tue Dec 22 19:13:15 UTC 2009

On Tuesday 22 December 2009 10:01:14 am Steve Howell wrote:
> Hi, I am trying to set up wireless networking for Ubuntu 9.04 on an HP
> Pavilion dv6-1053cl Entertainment Notebook PC.
> Is there a tool that I can install that will help automate the process of
> finding nearby wireless networks?  It is one of the few conveniences I miss
> from Windows, and I suspect I just haven't found it yet.  When I go to
> System/Preferences/Network Connections and click on the Wireless tab, I can
> click on the Add button and enter an SSID.  But I haven't found a way to
> auto-discover the network.  Yes, I know, just ask the barista for the
> SSID...;)

Your network manager should eventually find all available wireless networks in 
your area but I found it much faster to use WiFi-radar available in the 
universe repository at least for 8.04.  Right clicking the network manager 
icon after you machine has run awhile will likely show you the area wireless 
networks also but can take quit a bit of time to accumulate them.   

73 de N7PSV aka Pastor JW <n><   PDGA# 35276  _Registered Kubuntu User: #27403

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