I'm a complete Fedora newbie. It's not even a week since I started using it. Furthermore, I don't know how to set up wireless networks. The technical language is foreign to me. My notebook maybe described as follows:
Make and Model: SONY VAIO FW490
Processor: Intel® Core™ 2 Duo Processor P8700 (2.53GHz)
RAM: 4GB DDR2-SDRAM
Graphics card: ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD4650 graphics card with 512MB vRAM.
HDD: 320GB ATA Hitachi HTS54323
Wireless networking device: Intel Corp. Wireless WiFi Link 5100
It came pre-installed with Windows Vista Home Premium but now I have Fedora 11 (w/ Gnome) as the only OS.
The router that I am using with an Ethernet cable connected to my laptop is a Netgear 54Mbps Wireless Router WGR614 v7 connected to a Motorola Surfboard Cable Modem. Both worked right out of the box and now I have wired Internet access. RCN is my ISP.
I would like to avoid using the Ethernet cable connecting my laptop to the router.
This is what I have done so far:
1. Gone to System>Administration>Network
2. Clicked "New" then chose "Wireless connection" from the list
3. Chose Intel Corp. Wireless WiFi Link 5100 (wlan0) from list. The other option was "Other Wireless Card".
I don't know what to do after this. What should I choose in the windows entitled "Configure Wireless Connection" and "Configure Network Settings" ?
I chose Ad-Hoc for mode and entered an SSID name even though I have no explanation for taking these actions. As for the other settings, I simply went with whatever was already selected.
At the moment, I lose Internet access when I disconnect the Ethernet cable. I see other wireless networks when I click the network icon on the top right corner of the screen. I don't know how to make my router appear on that list if that's necessary.
Any help for setting up the wireless LAN will be highly appreciated. Thanks!