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PostPosted: Wed Jan 08, 2014 10:22 am    Post subject: Failed to recognize usb wireless apdater (NETGEAR WNA 3100) Reply with quote

Hi Guys,

I boot gentoo with the latest live dvd, but found that the wireless usb adapter doesn't work. My adapter is:

NETGEAR WNA3100 N300 Wireless USB Adapter #2

The following is the information got from Gentoo:

Gentoo-2012 mnt # lsusb
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 001 Device 002: ID 8087:0024 Intel Corp. Integrated Rate Matching Hub
Bus 002 Device 002: ID 8087:0024 Intel Corp. Integrated Rate Matching Hub
Bus 001 Device 003: ID 093a:2510 Pixart Imaging, Inc. Optical Mouse
Bus 001 Device 004: ID 0846:9020 NetGear, Inc. WNA3100(v1) Wireless-N 300 [Broadcom BCM43231]
Bus 001 Device 005: ID 0bc2:50a5 Seagate RSS LLC

I checked my adapter with linux wireless drive list:
http://wireless.kernel.org/en/users/Devices/USB

ath9k_htc Netgear WNA1100 0x0846 0x9030
ath9k_htc Netgear WNDA3200 0x0846 0x9018

It seems that my adapter is not in the support list.
I've ever tried ndiswrapper in ubuntu. The wireless seems to be connected, but I can't access the internet, seems no connection.

Is there any way to solve this issue except to buy a new usb wireless adapter? Thanks in advance.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 08, 2014 4:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You could try:
Quote:
-*- Networking support --->
-*- Wireless --->
<M> cfg80211 - wireless configuration API
[*] cfg80211 wireless extensions compatibility
<M> Generic IEEE 802.11 Networking Stack (mac80211)

Device Drivers --->
[*] Network device support --->
[*] Wireless LAN --->
< > Broadcom 43xx wireless support (mac80211 stack)
< > Broadcom 43xx-legacy wireless support (mac80211 stack)
<M> Broadcom IEEE802.11n embedded FullMAC WLAN driver
[*] USB bus interface support for FullMAC driver
on the basis that it should be a fullmac chipset and usb. However neither linuxwireless.org nor broadcom website seem to know the chip exists. http://www.spinics.net/lists/linux-wireless/msg83255.html is a discouraging discussion between kernel developers.

you will need firmware.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 09, 2014 1:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

DONAHUE wrote:
You could try:
Quote:
-*- Networking support --->
-*- Wireless --->
<M> cfg80211 - wireless configuration API
[*] cfg80211 wireless extensions compatibility
<M> Generic IEEE 802.11 Networking Stack (mac80211)

Device Drivers --->
[*] Network device support --->
[*] Wireless LAN --->
< > Broadcom 43xx wireless support (mac80211 stack)
< > Broadcom 43xx-legacy wireless support (mac80211 stack)
<M> Broadcom IEEE802.11n embedded FullMAC WLAN driver
[*] USB bus interface support for FullMAC driver
on the basis that it should be a fullmac chipset and usb. However neither linuxwireless.org nor broadcom website seem to know the chip exists. http://www.spinics.net/lists/linux-wireless/msg83255.html is a discouraging discussion between kernel developers.

you will need firmware.


Thank you very much. Hope I can do it in virtualbox. I don' think I can't do it with live dvd. I will give it a go after work today. If still not working, I may consider to buy a new chip which supports linux. :)
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 09, 2014 3:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i've had good luck with ralink chipsets implemented by relatively unknown manufacturers. Good price and the manufacturers are unlikely to have made "improvements".
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 09, 2014 10:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tried, doesn't work. lsusb command can show the usb adapter, but wireless management tool doesn't. I'm considering to get a new chip.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 10, 2014 4:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

wna 1100 works, im using it right now :twisted: 10 bucks or less on ebay. ath9k_htc... requires linux-firmware.... (ubuntu 12.04 lts is tested known working with wifi installs with this, i imagine sysrescuecd & gentoo live dvd will work with it also.)

good for aircrack & friends.

wna 1000m works for home use, but its choppy on connection & disconnection. not good for aircrack & friends.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 10, 2014 6:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

666threesixes666 wrote:
wna 1100 works, im using it right now :twisted: 10 bucks or less on ebay. ath9k_htc... requires linux-firmware.... (ubuntu 12.04 lts is tested known working with wifi installs with this, i imagine sysrescuecd & gentoo live dvd will work with it also.)

good for aircrack & friends.

wna 1000m works for home use, but its choppy on connection & disconnection. not good for aircrack & friends.


Thanks for your information. Unfortunately, mine is wna 3100. Could you please recommend a 'good' chip which 100% works in the linux? No need to install extra drivers, work with default kernel configurations. Thanks.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 10, 2014 7:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i have one, and only one, its an ath5k pci card (that is a wrapper of a pcmcia card)

ath9k_htc is as easy as kernel config + emerge linux-firmware with gentoo....

Netgear WPN311
or
Netgear WG311T

id have to rip my desktop apart to definitively tell you, or turn it on. that card is a mad man about "just works" all my usb chips have had little flaws here or there, none of them are alfa though.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_open-source_wireless_drivers

this little gem might help you decide.

ar5523 Qualcomm Atheros AR5523 based USB dongles Yes No ISC Reverse engineered

idk if i believe that....

wpn111 = that chipset, its mentioned directly in the kernel.
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