[ubuntu] wireless internet access

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http://ubuntuforums.org – I'm really new to Ubuntu and not very technical. I bought 'LINUX The Complete Manual' and was convinced of the advantages over Windows. I installed a new hard drive in my old Dell Dimension 3100 computer and loaded Linux. I've upgradaded to v10.10, The Maverick Meerkat (whatever that means!) The wireless internet card didn't seem to work, so following advice in the LINUX Manual I bought a cheap Wireless LAN USB dongle. It's a Cisco RangerPlus Wireless Network USB adaptor. As soon as I plugged it in I got a connection to my 2WIRE891 router, but web pages seem slow to load and the connection (HowTos)