The WIFI obscurity

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  1. peter hurley

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    I am entirely unfamiliar with Unix and Linux Distros. Nevertheless, I have decided to have a look.
    Learned how to download distro iso files and write to USB using Rufus. No problem, then, to boot the flavour.
    My problem has been WIFI connection!
    It has nearly done for me. I am close to calling it a day but the promise of getting into the world of Linux is just about holding me!
    I have tried 8 seperate distros and they all exhibit the same apparent obscurity in regard of WIFI connection.
    I was hoping to find, as in Windows, an icon that would reveal the available connections in reach...from which I could select mine, enter password and HEY PRESTO. No chance. I am pitched into confusion! Time and again in Network Connection I am met with a single Wired setup!! No clue at all about activating a wifi route!!
    There will be a PROXY function which appears to offer various parameters to be entered, such as "URL to Config Script" "HTTP Proxy" etc etc. Even if this is what I should be dealing with, and that is not certain, it appears to bear no relation to my Router details.
    I discovered on one fruitless distro wifi access attempt that a LAN connection was initially essential. Only found this info by accident. I made the LAN connection and sure enough I was online. I had no idea what to do after that and could find no helping clue!!
    In my "same place" efforts with, in this case, Elementary...I have read that I should install:

    $ sudo apt-get install bcmwl-kernel-source

    ....and "that will sort it out" .

    What? How? What should I expect to find after that ? Do I reboot and look for a connections Icon that this addition will have installed?
    I installed as advised and assumed a reboot was necessary and.....nothing !!...at least that I could see.
    Could someone who can put themselves in the shoes of a absolute beginner explain to me how I can get from an Advanced Network setup showing Wired and a few unknown bits and bobs to a stage where I can do this and that and connect wirelessly to my router? Or even point me at a comprehesive and clear explanation.
    I am not as stupid as I sound but I am really at a loss here to understand why Linux makes it so difficult to set up WIFI.
    BTW there was a 32bit Linux Mint that I installed on an old notebook and that had an Icon giving Available Connections ok. Up and running there no bother!
    My problem relates to 64bit distros.
    I will be very grateful for any clear help
     
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    Somehow or another I had not considered checking Youtube!! Given that it is usually my first port-of-call...weird! Anyway, I will not trouble anyone further with the above. It will do me good to ferret out the answer:) Firstly, I will determine the wireless driver needed for Elementary/Laptop and see if I can install that. Thanks for reading
     

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