Need to configure TP-link TL-wn725n in Ubuntu server.


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Need to configure TP-link TL-wn725n in Ubuntu server.

I recently installed Ubuntu 17.04 Desktop. I'm some what pleased with it, primarily because it is a free distro. But now I have found myself in the same boat I was in 30 years back, when I was teaching myself DOS.

I have installed Ubuntu Server on a separate machine just to tinker with and learn. This version of Ubuntu doesn't install a GUI. I have searched and found information on how to install the GUI using terminal commands. The problem is these commands depend on a Internet connection, and Ubuntu isn't configured to utilize my TP-Link USB WIFI adapter. I can't configure the WIFI because, like the GUI, I need the Internet to do so.

I also have a LINKSYS Wireless-G PCI adapter but I couldn't even get it to work in the first computer. I can't wire to the router because I'm piggy backing on my neighbors ISP via WIFI. I'm not sure I would have any better luck trying to get the ethernet NIC working.

The only option I can think of is, download driver and utility packages to the first computer and migrate them to the second. If this is possible it presents it's own problem. I wouldn't know which directory to place these files in.

If anyone could give some sound advice or point me towards learning resources I would appreciate it.
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Could you borrow someone's laptop to bridge internet access from? Everything's a pain until you have a cable.

Ethernet adapters are much easier to configure than wireless ones. They're usually wholly built into the kernel and autodetect. Wifi drivers usually require external firmware to operate.

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Could you borrow someone's laptop to bridge internet access from? Everything's a pain until you have a cable.

Ethernet adapters are much easier to configure than wireless ones. They're usually wholly built into the kernel and autodetect. Wifi drivers usually require external firmware to operate.
I put Tp-Link back in PC #1 (w/Ubuntu GUI). Going to try and share Internet with PC #2 (w/Ubuntu terminal) via Linksys ethernet router. I have a lot of research to do. I'm going to put a pin in this issue, I have started a new project. Testing Solaris live DVD.

Thanks for your feed back.
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Going to Solaris for better hardware support is like going to Microsoft for better virus protection. Only Linux has an obsessive enough following to even partly keep pace with the junk consumer hardware shovel mill. Solaris, I would estimate your odds at zero.

If you want wireless in UNIX, decide which UNIX you're going to run first, then find a card it's known to work with.

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Solaris certainly has wifi support but you should check whether your wifi adapter vendor provides the driver(s).

Installing Solaris 11 from the 'live' DVD installs a great package manager on the GUI which allows very easy install/uninstall of hundreds of packages (perhaps some to assist wifi) BUT, as you say, you need an internet connection to download these packages.

Most vendor drivers for a particular O/S come with install instructions so I doubt you will be placing files into directories manually as you believe.

Get your hands on a wifi adapter with Solaris support from the vendor if you can. Get an internet connection onto your Solaris any way you can.
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Solaris certainly has wifi support but you should check whether your wifi adapter vendor provides the driver(s).

Installing Solaris 11 from the 'live' DVD installs a great package manager on the GUI which allows very easy install/uninstall of hundreds of packages (perhaps some to assist wifi) BUT, as you say, you need an internet connection to download these packages.

Most vendor drivers for a particular O/S come with install instructions so I doubt you will be placing files into directories manually as you believe.

Get your hands on a wifi adapter with Solaris support from the vendor if you can. Get an internet connection onto your Solaris any way you can.
I have searched TPLINK,s support site and best I can tell they don't offer any other driver for my device than windows and maybe mac.
I guess I could carry the box next door and wire it to the modem. I'm sure she wouldn't mind, but I hate to ask. I get the idea she wants to be more than neighbors :s
I will look for a device Solaris supports, but I have to tell you I have very little income. Three of the four best PC's I have, I salvaged from the waste management center. All three are Dell OPTIPLEX's 330. The fourth is my work horse, Dell DIMENSION 8200x86. w/XPsp3

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Going to Solaris for better hardware support is like going to Microsoft for better virus protection. Only Linux has an obsessive enough following to even partly keep pace with the junk consumer hardware shovel mill. Solaris, I would estimate your odds at zero.

If you want wireless in UNIX, decide which UNIX you're going to run first, then find a card it's known to work with.
As I said I'm test driving Solaris. I don't know what the best alternative to MS is. I Like Ubuntu, but it doesn't like the platform I put it on. I had WIFI Internet from the first post install reboot. It works great for a hour+-. but then It gets sluggish and get a fading screen issue. My first impression of Solaris is, it looks professional whereas Ubuntu has a freeware look. I hate the quick launch on the left side of the screen and the absence of a task bar.

What is "junk consumer hardware"?

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I don't know what the best alternative to MS is.
Shopping for the most Windows-like Linux will be a disappointment, because the whole point is they're not Windows. They're fundamentally different, in interface and internals.

If you want Windows -- use Windows.

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What is "junk consumer hardware"?
$10 USB things like your TL-wn725n. The very cheapest consumer PCs and video cards. And such. They are rushed to production with whatever parts were handy. Revisions A, B, and C are liable to be totally different products with the same label. Sometimes they even share the same USB ID despite needing completely different drivers.

Linux does not support products as much as it supports chipsets. So adding support for these sometimes just means finding out what chipset it uses, and adding its USB ID to the appropriate driver so its recognized. But there's often minor, undocumented differences in cheap products which which make them unreliable with the generic driver. These undocumented differences are covered by the manufacturer's Windows driver, any other system has to discover them by detective work and trial-and-error.

This sometimes causes a peculiar form of bit-rot where, 10 years after the fact, Linux becomes the only operating system which can still use a certain product. Our garbage Belkin wifi cards are one such product, between revisions D, E, and F Belkin lost their own driver somehow.
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