[SOLVED] Ubuntu driver for SMCWUSB-N2 WIFI adapter not working. Alternatives?
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Ubuntu driver for SMCWUSB-N2 WIFI adapter not working. Alternatives?
I am using Xubuntu distribution, and just installed the SMCWUSB-N2 wireless adapter in a Compaq desktop (around year 2000). The adapter is recognised and starts working fine with the "default" (built-in) Xubuntu driver, but after 2 to 4 minutes, the adapter shuts down and internet connection is lost.
I have tried installing windows adapters using ndiswrapper, with different outocomes, none sucessful. Vista driver is installed and adapter recognised, but will not work. XP driver is installed but adapter is not recognised.
According to SMC support, linux is not supported by this model.
I wonder is someone had the same problem and was able to solve it.
This is an old Compaq computer i am restoring for my daughter, and wouldn't mind installing any other linux distribution if this problem is solved.
Model Number: SMCWUSB-N2
Part Number: 98-012084-705INT
Serial Number: T393609572
Operating system: Xubuntu
[ 1266.923547] ADDRCONF(NETDEV_UP): wlan0: link is not ready
[ 1269.764956] wlan0: deauthenticating from 00:22:2d:3d:e8:36 by local choice (reason=3)
[ 1269.765242] wlan0: direct probe to AP 00:22:2d:3d:e8:36 (try 1)
[ 1269.769351] wlan0: direct probe responded
[ 1269.769369] wlan0: authenticate with AP 00:22:2d:3d:e8:36 (try 1)
[ 1269.771944] wlan0: authenticated
[ 1269.772266] wlan0: associate with AP 00:22:2d:3d:e8:36 (try 1)
[ 1269.787949] wlan0: RX AssocResp from 00:22:2d:3d:e8:36 (capab=0x431 status=0 aid=1)
[ 1269.787964] wlan0: associated
and suddly its stops:
[ 1269.802852] ADDRCONF(NETDEV_CHANGE): wlan0: link becomes ready
[ 1287.268266] wlan0: no IPv6 routers present
[ 1310.384885] eth0: link down
[ 1351.836086] No probe response from AP 00:22:2d:3d:e8:36 after 500ms, disconnecting.
[ 1354.528109] wlan0: direct probe to AP 00:22:2d:3d:e8:36 (try 1)
[ 1354.728073] wlan0: direct probe to AP 00:22:2d:3d:e8:36 (try 2)
[ 1354.928085] wlan0: direct probe to AP 00:22:2d:3d:e8:36 (try 3)
[ 1355.128091] wlan0: direct probe to AP 00:22:2d:3d:e8:36 timed out
[ 1551.580091] usb 1-1: kill pending tx urbs.
[ 1553.027872] ADDRCONF(NETDEV_UP): wlan0: link is not ready
[ 1645.565621] ADDRCONF(NETDEV_UP): wlan0: link is not ready
[ 1731.354203] ADDRCONF(NETDEV_UP): wlan0: link is not ready
Finally working for many hours without interruption!!!
Originally Posted by tredegar
It is being "seen", which is good.
I suggest you install wicd and use that to get your connection up and running.
Wicd is currently much more reliable than network-manager when it comes to configuring wireless interfaces.
Well, that was a good advice. I installed WICD and followed step by step the instruction to install AR9170.fw driver for Device 002: ID 0cf3:1002 Atheros Communications, Inc. TP-Link TL-WN821N v2 [Atheros AR9001U-(2)NG]
which is the chipset of SMC's SMCWUSB-N2 device.
BTW, I uninstalled Ubuntu and installed Debian.
I can say now to all the guys with my problem, that this device DOES WORK (AT LEAST) UNDER DEBIAN DISTRO, and wicd should be used to install the AR9170 driver