How to Setup Wireless with Ubuntu 9.10

by Stephen on October 26, 2009 · 21 comments

in Ubuntu

Assumes your wireless card is properly detected by Ubuntu 9.10.

  1. Click on the network icon on your taskbar on the top

  2. Click on your wireless network => Ubuntu should then prompt you for the network key

  3. Simply enter your network key then press Connect
  4. You are done!

NOTE: If you are experiencing ubuntu 9.10 wireless problems, please try this solution shared by Jon:

{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

Joe Bippus November 6, 2009 at 12:57 pm

I tried just like you sub jested but I cannot get the wireless to connect it shows good strength. but when it try to connect it says the network connection has been disconnected. This laptop has an internal air “realtek RTL-8169” This is an unsecured network it is trying to connect any help would be appreciated.


Stephen November 6, 2009 at 1:53 pm

Hi Joe,

Your wireless card picks up the signal just fine so I would recommend keep trying a couple more times.


hamzah November 9, 2009 at 3:52 pm

I need your help
when i connect via wireless, it connected sucessfully but i can’t access web pages.


Stephen November 9, 2009 at 4:17 pm

Hi hamzah,

How strong is the signal? If the signal is too weak, you may probably have that problem.


Andrew November 20, 2009 at 4:07 pm

i’ve just recently installed 9.10, and just got a USB Wireless Dongle installed, now the problem which im having is, i type in the WPA password, click connect, then after a couple of minutes it asks me for the WPA password again


Stephen November 20, 2009 at 6:41 pm

Hi Andrew ๐Ÿ™‚

I personally do not know why. I would recommend posting a help request on

~ Take care


RandyOSailor November 25, 2009 at 3:21 pm

Just got 9.10 installed on dual boot with XP. After much trouble got connected to wireless by typing in the SSID of my hot spot.

I need to know how to get Ubuntu to show available hotspots.

I try to follow instructions but 1) things are not as described, eg: the networking icon does not appear at the top of the screen, 2) terms such as ‘sudco’ etc are unknown to me. Is there a glossary somewhere?


Fred December 12, 2009 at 5:07 pm

Hello Stephen,

I just installed 9.10 on a Compaq C714NR laptop replacing MS Vista Home Premium. After the install the wireless icon *does not* appear in the panel area as your screenshot shows. I’ve surfed around and even went to YouTube to see if I could find a video on it.

No applicable video but I did find these links:

I followed instructions in the links on how to get the notification and wireless icon to appear in the panel but had no luck.

There is a grayed out icon there which I clicked but the options for networking were also grayed including the connect button. I created a new wireless connection and entered all the parameters (SSID, passphrase and so on) but to no avail. My home network is pretty vanilla: Comcast cable modem connection, Linksys wireless router, and about 5 or 6 machines of various flavors (mac, windows, ubuntu 7.04 with a functioning wired connection).

I just re-installed to see if I missed something during the installation and setup but it’s exactl the same.

This is extremely frustrating.

Any suggestions or assistance would be *greatly* appreciated.

Thanks in advance,



Stephen December 12, 2009 at 5:24 pm

Hi Fred!

Thank you for the detailed message. Have you tried the solution at to see if the driver can pickup your wifi card?

Take care!


Richie December 16, 2009 at 12:29 pm

hi im using ubuntu in a virtual pc and it hasnt found my wifi thingy (cant think of the name) it detects my eathernet port


Stephen December 17, 2009 at 9:47 am

Hi Richie,

Did you mean “virtual pc” as Ubuntu inside something like VMware?


Vikash January 11, 2010 at 7:54 am

i have installed ubuntu 9.10 alongwith vista on lenovo g-5500.but it is not detecting the wi-fi networks.the wi-fi is working well in vista.plz help me…


TimL5767 January 11, 2010 at 12:30 pm

Same problem as Vikash; I’ve installed Ubuntu 9.10 on a Dell Latitude 610 that is also running Windows XP Pro,, via a wubi install of the Ubuntu. Windows is running fine on the wifi,, detects several available, and connects with no prob. Ubuntu doesn’t detect squat,, the wifi light on the laptop never illuminates,, and, like Fred,, I never get the wireless icons on Ubuntu,, so no further “install” can occur. Hard to believe that the system that by all rights should be dismantling the Windows house of cards can’t get by something as basis in the 21st century as wifi. Frustrated ???,,, you bet !!!


Tushar Chavan January 29, 2010 at 9:44 am

Hi Fred,
I am having a Compaq Presario CQ45 laptop. I have a internet connection at my home with a wifi router Netgear WGR614. When I connect to the wifi router using a cable it goes online. But it doesnot detects my wifi network. I have checked clicking on the network manager icon in task bar but it didn’t help. It shows VPN Connections and asks to configure connection. I am not aware that much about this. please let me know if you can tell me any work around. Thanks in advance.


muk_kum February 7, 2010 at 2:37 am

I’m using Dell vostro 411G .I’ve installed win7 and ubuntu9.10. In windows my wifi works well but in ubuntu it doesn’t detect wireless device…plz help


Francis Ashun February 24, 2010 at 1:48 pm

I was using mint helena and got wireless connection but changeg to ubuntu 9.10 but my system is able to connect to the wireless network but can’t get internet connection. I am using HP pavillion 9000. Please help I dont want to go back to mint’


Deepak March 8, 2010 at 12:44 am



kp March 12, 2010 at 7:59 am

For all those who are experiencing problems with ubuntu 9.10 regarding their wifi cards not being detected. There is one solution which i would recommend you people to try once.
First insert your live cd into cd-rom.
Open the synaptic package manager.
Click Add the cd-rom. (It would be somewhere in the classical menu).
Once the cd has been added.
Click on the search button.
Type broadcom.
you will get some results.
Some application regarding to your wifi device drivers.
Install those by tick marking them.
Click apply button.
Your wifi cards should be detected.
Restart the system and enjoy seamless connectivity.
Please reply.


Armando March 21, 2010 at 8:39 pm



sanny July 3, 2011 at 1:43 am

Hello i am a new to Ubantu
I am already using the wireless network with Windows7
but when i installed the Ubantu
i can’t access it , help


John November 20, 2011 at 3:07 pm

Hey folks,

When I try to connect to a network it tells me that I can only make these changes as a super user. I tried using my own password but this doesn’t seem to work. How do I bypass this?

Sorry for the stupid question,


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