How to add USB wireless in backtrack

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How to add USB wireless in backtrack
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If your computer doesn't have an internal wireless network adaptor but you'd like to access wireless Internet connections, you can add a USB wireless adaptor to your set-up. In the Backtrack operating system (which is a version of Linux), connect the USB wireless adaptor to your computer, then use a native utility called NetworkManager.

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  1. 1

    Plug your USB wireless adaptor into a USB port on your computer. If your computer isn't already on, press "Power" to turn it on.

  2. 2

    Click the "NetworkManager" icon in your Backtrack Linux system tray (in the upper right corner of your desktop). The utility will open as a drop-down menu beneath the icon.

  3. 3

    Click "Wireless." Backtrack, via the NetworkManager, will engage your USB wireless adaptor and scan for available wireless networks.

  4. 4

    Click the name of the wireless network you want to access. The NetworkManager will connect to it. You can now use the Internet on Backtrack Linux.

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