How to activate a wi-fi card for linux mint

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How to activate a wi-fi card for linux mint
You can manually enable your wireless card on Linux Mint. (Thomas Northcut/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Mint is a distribution of the free, open-source Linux operating system. Mint was designed to make installation and daily use as easy as possible---suited for users with little Linux experience. Most of the time Mint will automatically detect a wireless (Wi-Fi) network adaptor installed on the computer; the user will then be able to join a wireless network by using the graphical Network Manager utility. However, in some cases the graphical utility will not work because of some incompatibility. You can activate a Wi-Fi card and join wireless networks from Mint by directly executing shell commands.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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  1. 1

    Log into Mint as user root. Launch a command shell, either by logging in text mode or by launching a Terminal window from the graphical desktop.

  2. 2

    Type the following command into the shell:


    Press "Enter." Make a note of the name chosen by Linux Mint for your Wi-Fi card---it will be the only word displayed flush with the left edge of the screen.

  3. 3

    Type the following command into the shell:

    iwlist wlan0 scan

    Replace "wlan0" with the name of the Wi-Fi card you noted earlier. Press "Enter." Mint will display a list of the wireless networks in range that you can potentially join.

  4. 4

    Type the following command into the shell:

    iwconfig wlan0 essid library-wireless

    Replace "library-wireless" with the name of the network you want to join, from the list generated by the "iwlist" command. Linux Mint will join the network. At this point you can browse the Web and access the Internet in other ways via the Wi-Fi card on your computer.

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