Originally Posted by TFB
Can't use a net install. I'm on wireless and I need a way to connect first.
The net install supports wireless, probably not a secure channel but it can detect wlan0 on some laptops I've seen. If not, just download the first CD/DVD and just install that. That should get you base packages and everything, if that's no good:
Furthermore, in most cases it is not necessary to download all of the images for your architecture. The packages
are sorted by popularity: The first CD/DVD contains the installation system and the most popular packages. The
second one contains slightly less popular ones, the third one even less popular ones, etc. You will probably only
need the first DVD (or the first two CDs) unless you have very special requirements. (And in case you happen to
need a package later on which is not on one of the CDs/DVDs you downloaded, you can always install that
package directly from the Internet.)
The first DVD should be sufficient. And you can't use wired internet just for the install? =X I know Debian does wifi extremely well but not all firmwares come off the bat. I had to inststall a specific firmware just yesterday to get my friends Toshiba working, after that though it works fine and I only used the wired internet for like 10-15 min.