Wireless connections on Ubuntu

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  1. Dregg Heda

    Dregg Heda Registered Member

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    Hi guys,

    Im thinking of giving Ubuntu a spin, but I wish to know if it is able to connect to wireless networks. The reason I ask is because I think ive heard before that it has problems doing this. Also if Ubuntu has any issues with wireless connections, what distro can I use? It needs to be simple and easy to use. Thanks.

    EDIT: Will wireless connections also be a problem if I install it in a vm?
     
  2. lewmur

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    Easy answer, try a LiveCD and test it. Hard answer, Ubuntu has come a long way with wireless and you shouldn't have a problem if you use 9.04, the latest version. And if you do, ask here and we can help you solve it.

    As to working in a VM session, no problem. The host handles the wireless connection.
     
  3. Mrkvonic

    Mrkvonic Linux Systems Expert

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    My experience has been quite positive.

    Except one T61 laptop, which turned out to have a bad case, I tested with 7 different laptops, include Dell 420, T42, T43, T60, T61, Compaq 6910p, LG 510, no problems at all.

    Mrk
     
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  4. Dregg Heda

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    Alright, thanks for your responses guys!
     
  5. Dregg Heda

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    If the host handles the wireless connection, will anything i access on the net/download,etc pass through the host first, hence potentially exposing the host to malware? Or will the connection be through the vm first? Sorry I am having trouble visualising this. I have never used a vm before. Thanks.
     
  6. Mrkvonic

    Mrkvonic Linux Systems Expert

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    Access/download itself means nothing. Execution could, in potential, leak over to the host, but it's a rare thing. Of course, depends what you run on host/guest.

    Host: Ubuntu, Guest: Windows, remain calm and happy.

    The best thing is not to execute malware, so you won't have anything to worry about :)

    Cheers,
    Mrk
     
  7. NormanF

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    Its simple to connect. Just enter your network ID and password in the Network Manager and click save and connect. With Atheros-based cards, you get a connection to the Internet.
     
  8. lewmur

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    If the host is Windows, then the host may open you to malware. But you won't be in anymore danger from the Ubuntu guest than you were without it. In fact, if you use the guest for all your email and browsing, you will be MUCH safer than you were without it.

    The direct answer to the question is that the internet "packets" pass through the host ethernet driver directly to VM driver, so, no, any malware you access in the guest won't infect the host.
     
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  9. Dregg Heda

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    Alright, Thanks everyone! :thumb:
     
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