debian from ethernet to wifi

Jude DaShiell jdashiel at
Mon Sep 14 19:27:57 UTC 2015

both wireless-tools and wpasupplicant are listed as debian packages but 
neither can be installed.  I was able to get wicd-curses installed and 
got told no wireles networks found so far.

On Sat, 12 Sep 2015, Cheryl Homiak wrote:
I have the oriinal mini-cd that came with this adaper and will have to 
build wpasupplicant from source code apparently if I try to install hat 

The card is a ralink 8270.

  > Date: Sat, 12 Sep 2015 12:40:15
> From: Cheryl Homiak <cah4110 at>
> Reply-To: Linux for blind general discussion <blinux-list at>
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> Subject: Re: debian from ethernet to wifi
> I didn't tell him that because he hadn't yet checked out his card to find out what it was.
>> On Sep 12, 2015, at 4:59 AM, Tony Baechler <tony at> wrote:
>> Since no one actually told you what tools you need to install in order to configure your wireless, try these:
>> wpasupplicant
>> wireless-tools
>> wicd-curses
>> On 9/11/2015 6:40 PM, Jude DaShiell wrote:
>>> I have a command line installation of debian on a laptop that's supposed to
>>> have the hardware to do wifi.  Right now, I don't yet know what additional
>>> software to install so this computer can talk to the wifi network and log
>>> on.  archlinux has madwifi and a large section on wifi installation on its
>>> installguide file but that's not in the debian repository so for now I have
>>> no clue.  I do have a wifi adapter antenna I will have to use with a tower
>>> system but don't know if this wil also be needed to run the laptop.
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