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    Netgear WNR3500L

    Hello all! I am brand new to Ubuntu and Linux in general. I recently purchased a WNR3500L wireless router and it works great with Windows. However, when I boot up Ubuntu 11.04, it cannot find other wireless networks in the area. Despite this, my internet connection speed to my computer remains unaffected...the only issue is that it cannot pick up other networks.

    From searching on Google and on these forums, I've learned that most routers don't work "out of the box" with Ubuntu...NDISWrapper and additional drivers must be installed in order to make them work to their full potential. But alas, I am a super-newb...I don't know what to do from here on to get my Netgear WNR3500L router to pick up other wireless signals.

    Any and all help will be greatly appreciated. Thanks for helping a newbie out!

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    Re: Newb Question (sorry!) Cannot pick up wireless networks with Netgear WNR3500L

    I dont think you mean a Router, Do you mean a wirelesss usb device if so can you post output of lsusb. Sorry it is a router my mistake
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    Re: Newb Question (sorry!) Cannot pick up wireless networks with Netgear WNR3500L

    Quote Originally Posted by RazorThought View Post
    Hello all! I am brand new to Ubuntu and Linux in general. I recently purchased a WNR3500L wireless router and it works great with Windows. However, when I boot up Ubuntu 11.04, it cannot find other wireless networks in the area. Despite this, my internet connection speed to my computer remains unaffected...the only issue is that it cannot pick up other networks.

    From searching on Google and on these forums, I've learned that most routers don't work "out of the box" with Ubuntu...NDISWrapper and additional drivers must be installed in order to make them work to their full potential. But alas, I am a super-newb...I don't know what to do from here on to get my Netgear WNR3500L router to pick up other wireless signals.

    Any and all help will be greatly appreciated. Thanks for helping a newbie out!

    The Netgear WNR3500L is indeed a router, however it is not meant to pick up other Wireless signals unless of course you mean as an access point/range extender i think in this case what it is pertinant is it is designed to give you one to pick up with your wifi adapater whether it be internal, external etc.

    Are you asking about your machine cannot see any wireless networks other than the one your Netgear WNR3500L is giving you or your machine cannot see any at all ?
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    Re: Newb Question (sorry!) Cannot pick up wireless networks with Netgear WNR3500L

    Routers are devices that take the internet from your internet service provider and distribute, or route it to computers either wired directly to the router or wirelessly if, ideally, the wireless computers have the WPA password. Routers are not designed to pick up a wireless signal from other wireless devices, usually also routers, in the area.

    On the other hand, the wireless card in your computer is designed to pick up a wireless signal from other wireless devices, usually also routers, in the area. In order to connect to a network, the wireless card in your computer needs to scan and see networks. Usually, users see the result in Network Manager; here is an example attached. You can see my network is GBR1; my neighbors are Dynex and MAHB.

    Now my neighbor MAHB is a fair distance from my laptop; I had to step out on the porch (where I have my beer and peanuts!) to see his signal.

    Are you actually referring to your wireless card in your computer?
    I've learned that most routers don't work "out of the box" with Ubuntu.
    Most routers work perfectly with Ubuntu out of the box. Many wireless cards, I wouldn't say most, need additional drivers.
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    Re: Newb Question (sorry!) Cannot pick up wireless networks with Netgear WNR3500L

    Quote Originally Posted by chili555 View Post

    Are you actually referring to your wireless card in your computer?Most routers work perfectly with Ubuntu out of the box. Many wireless cards, I wouldn't say most, need additional drivers.
    Forgive my embarrassing newbness...I indeed meant my computer's wireless card.

    Before using the Netgear WNR3500L, I used a Belkin router. Unlike my current situation, my computer (with the Belkin router) was able to detect other wireless signals, but I was unable to connect to any of them. My internet speed was also unbearably slow on Ubuntu...however, on Windows, it was moderately fast. After switching to the Netgear WNR3500L, my internet speed on Ubuntu was significantly improved. but I am now unable to detect any wireless signals.

    Quote Originally Posted by haqking

    Are you asking about your machine cannot see any wireless networks other than the one your Netgear WNR3500L is giving you or your machine cannot see any at all ?
    Since hooking up my Netgear WNR3500L, my machine cannot detect any wireless networks at all, including the one that the Netgear router is giving me.
    Quote Originally Posted by spiky001
    can you post output of lsusb.
    Sure:
    Bus 008 Device 002: ID 046d:c517 Logitech, Inc. LX710 Cordless Desktop Laser
    Bus 008 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 007 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 006 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 005 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 002 Device 007: ID 0bda:0151 Realtek Semiconductor Corp. Mass Storage Device (Multicard Reader)
    Bus 002 Device 006: ID 147a:e018 Formosa Industrial Computing, Inc. eHome Infrared Receiver
    Bus 002 Device 005: ID 03f0:5c11 Hewlett-Packard PhotoSmart C4200 Printer series
    Bus 002 Device 003: ID 05e3:0608 Genesys Logic, Inc. USB-2.0 4-Port HUB
    Bus 002 Device 002: ID 15a9:0004 Gemtek WUBR177G
    Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
    Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
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    Re: Newb Question (sorry!) Cannot pick up wireless networks with Netgear WNR3500L

    So after doing some investigating, it turns out my desktop (HP Pavilion Elite m9160f) uses a Ralink driver...a Lite-On USB Wireless 802.11 b/g Adaptor. I'm not sure where to go from here, though. Can someone help me figure out which driver to download and how to install it? Thanks in advance.
    Last edited by RazorThought; June 27th, 2011 at 06:33 AM.

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    Re: Newb Question (sorry!) Cannot pick up wireless networks with Netgear WNR3500L

    Quote Originally Posted by RazorThought View Post
    So after doing some investigating, it turns out my desktop (HP Pavilion Elite m9160f) uses a Ralink driver...a Lite-On USB Wireless 802.11 b/g Adaptor. I'm not sure where to go from here, though. Can someone help me figure out which driver to download and how to install it? Thanks in advance.
    Here is your device:
    Bus 002 Device 002: ID 15a9:0004 Gemtek WUBR177G
    It is driven by the driver rt73usb which is included by default in recent versions of Ubuntu. Let's load the module. Open a terminal and do:
    Code:
    sudo modprobe rt73usb
    iwconfig
    Was a wireless interface wlan0 created? Let's check for interesting kernel messages:
    Code:
    dmesg | grep -e wlan -e rt73
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    Please post the outcome of these commands. Some may produce no output; that means the command was executed with no errors or warnings. That's good!
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    Re: Newb Question (sorry!) Cannot pick up wireless networks with Netgear WNR3500L

    Wireless is working! Thank you so much for your help!

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    Re: Newb Question (sorry!) Cannot pick up wireless networks with Netgear WNR3500L

    If it's not working on reboot, post back. The module may not be loading automatically and we can fix that.
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    Re: Newb Question (sorry!) Cannot pick up wireless networks with Netgear WNR3500L

    Could someone help me out with the same problem? I'm using Ubuntu Studio and I tried using the same Terminal commands as above, to no avail...I don't want to have to use the Ethernet cable every time I'm using this system...can someone help?

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