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I have a Dell inspiron 1525 and was wondering if I needed an ethernet cable to connect to the internet during installation of Ubuntu? Or is an ethernet cable required to connect for the first time after installation?

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This question is fairly vague, but in brief, the answer is "no" - the Ubuntu installer will allow you to pick a WIFI network for installation. Even then, a connection to the internet is only recommended, not required, to complete Ubuntu installation.

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Your family model, the Dell Inspiron 1525 all come with a wireless network card. They either have a:

  • Broadcom 4312 Based Card
  • Dell Wireless 1397 802.11g Half Mini-Card (Based on Broadcom 4312)
  • Dell Wireless 1490 802.11a/g/n Full Mini-Card (Based on Broadcom 4311)
  • Intel Next-Gen 4965AGN 802.11a/g/n Wi-Fi Card

If you happen to have a Dell with the Intel 4965 chip then the wireless card should work out of the box. If you happen to have any of the others then I suggest you read this answer which covers all models here and more.

So there is no need to use a ethernet wired connection except in the case that the wireless card needs proprietary drivers (Not detected or installed during installation), in which case, you need a wired cable connection to download all updates and drivers for your wireless card (And anything missing for it) before disconnecting the cable and using the wireless card.

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