Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Configuring the D-link DWA-552 PCI Wireless card for Ubuntu 9.10

When I initially installed Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala on my new dev box with a D-link DWA-552 PCI Wireless card it worked out of the box but experienced frequent dropouts. The dropouts were very frequent(every couple of minutes) and could only be fixed by disconnecting from the network and the re-connecting. After some serious screwing around I installed wicd and the card has worked flawlessly since.

To install wicd simply go to System->Administration->Synaptic Package Manager and search for "wicd" then mark for installation and hit apply. This will remove the default network manager and install wicd. You will then need to reboot for the changes to take effect.

After playing around with wicd for a while I think it is better than the default network manager(although not as pretty). It has a lot more options etc.

Hope this helps and good luck!

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