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USB Wireless adapter problem

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http://crunchbanglinux.org – I'm away on a family visit.  The built in wifi antenna on my laptop apparently doesn't pull in the wifi signal i need to access.  It sees other wifi signals, but it seems I need more strength to pull in weaker signals.  (It's all legit and permission is there to use the intended wifi signal target.)  I installed a Rosewell RNX-G1 wifi dongle that I had kicking around.  It has an external antenna and pulls in weaker signals.The laptop I'm using with Statler recognizes the wireless adapter which uses Realtek RTL8187.  In Network Manager, I see th (HowTos)