I just downoaded Ubuntu onto my desktop computer. The OS works as far as i can tell, but i cant access my wireless router's network. I have tried many things on the ubuntu forums and none of those help. My wireless card is a WUSB54G Lynksis USB network adapter with speedbooster. Any help is greatly appreciated as without internet access it will be hard to boot into ubuntu and continue to grow in the world of Operating systems that are better than windows.
As far as I remember, there isn't very good support for USB wireless adapters on Linux, but I have had excellent experiences with PCI wireless cards on desktops and PCMCIA wireless cards on laptops. Also, if you are on ubuntu and you have access to an ethernet cable you could plug in temporarily and check whether or not there is a restricted driver available for installation via the "restricted drivers manager".
If you are unable to get wireless working because of no support for your adapter and must purchase a different one, Intel wireless chipsets are supposed to have really good support (provided they make discrete wireless adapters as well). If you can't go intel, Atheros also has good support. Broadcom wireless chipsets are able to be made to work but you may have to jump through some hoops first.
Yeah I can certainly sympathise since I am also a college student. I really don't know much about the situation with your adapter so it may not even come to that at all. However, I think your cheapest and most secure option (if it comes to buying new equipment) would probably be to get a long ethernet cable and use a wired system. This, of course, assumes that you won't be moving your desktop that much (which negates the need for wireless), and that your motherboard has some integrated LAN card (highly probable).
well in the actual classroom buildings there is ethernet connections, but the dorm buildings were built before cat5 internet connection...and to rewire them all would take massive amounts of money....each floor does have 1 or 2 rooms that have cat5 connection, but i would need like a 300 ft connection from where my room is ... and that length of cord ... well... a cord that long would be hard to come by...and i dont know how much the administration would like having that long of a cord run down the hall...ill have to look into PCI cards if i can find a job
Please hit ctrl + f and search for the term "WUSB54G". There will be two entries. One says it works out of the box, and the other doesn't work out of the box. More likely yours is the 2nd type ( the one that says "WUSB54G v4 ") . They have some instructions there that could be useful to you.
I really hope this works for you because I'd hate to just leave you with the solution of "buy a pci wireless card".