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Old 03-15-2012, 05:31 PM   #1
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Linksys Wireless USB Adapter not Working


Hi I have a Linksys AE2500 Dual-Band Wireless-N USB Adapter. It comes with a CD that you are supposed to install on the computer to get the adapter to work. When i put in the disk it does not allow me to install it because its for Windows programs. Is there anyway that I can download any drivers to make the adapter work or anyway to help make the disk work?
 
Old 03-15-2012, 07:32 PM   #2
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Have you tried installing windows drrivers inside ndiswrapper?


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Old 03-15-2012, 07:53 PM   #3
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Hardware support is different in Linux. Instead of installing a "driver" program, you modprobe a kernel module that handles the device's controller. Sometimes you need to locate & install firmware for the device's controller. This may require the disk you have, to cut it out from.

First run "lsusb" in the terminal. Copy & paste the lines for WiFi devices here between [ code ] ... [ /code ] tags.
Also run "uname -r" and post your kernel version. Tell us which Linux distro you are using. Let us know if you are using a 32bit or 64 bit version of your distro. Ubuntu tends to use broadcom's staging driver instead of the b43 driver for broadcom devices. So we'll need to know which distro you use.

A particular Wireless model may be made with 2 or 3 different versions. One common linksys device used 1 of 3 different chip sets by 2 different manufacturers. This is why the "lsusb" listing is important. For non-usb devices you would run "lspci".

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Old 03-15-2012, 10:48 PM   #4
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2.6.35-25-generic-pae this is that kernel i think but im very confused
 
Old 03-19-2012, 08:26 AM   #5
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What does "lsusb" show?

With the manufacture's ID "manid", we can check if the device is supported with our kernels. If the device is newer than your kernel, you might need to update your kernel version.

Here is an example of using lsusb. I don't have a wireless usb device. The MANID is the part following ": ID" in the results. After it is the name of the device. I'm betting it will be Broadcom, but don't know until you post the results.
Code:
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 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 005 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 006 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 007 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 008 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 001 Device 002: ID 04f2:b008 Chicony Electronics Co., Ltd USB 2.0 Camera
Bus 007 Device 002: ID 046d:c52b Logitech, Inc. Unifying Receiver
Also run "sudo /usr/sbin/hwinfo --network" or maybe "sudo /usr/sbin/hwinfo --usb"
It will show information like this:
Code:
43: None 00.0: 1070a WLAN
  [Created at net.124]
  Unique ID: AYEt.QXn1l67RSa1
  Parent ID: y9sn.NGs0gPrRi36
  SysFS ID: /class/net/wlan0
  SysFS Device Link: /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1c.3/0000:14:00.0
  Hardware Class: network interface
  Model: "WLAN network interface"
  Driver: "ath9k"
  Driver Modules: "ath9k"
  Device File: wlan0
  HW Address: 00:1f:e2:a9:f5:25
  Link detected: no
  Config Status: cfg=new, avail=yes, need=no, active=unknown
  Attached to: #22 (Network controller)
If your wireless device is made by broadcom, the kernel module you need is probably either b43 or the broadcom staging driver. For the b43 driver, you would be missing the firmware for the device. We need more information to be sure.

Also indicate which distro you are running. Ubuntu uses the Broadcom staging kernel module. Other Linux distro's use the b43 kernel module.

The reason I'm bringing up broadcom is because most Linksys devices are built with broadcom chipsets.
 
Old 03-26-2012, 03:27 PM   #6
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Hi!

I am also having trouble getting started with a usb wireless. In my case
lsusb says some other stuff and then:
BUS 002 Device 023: ID 050d:1102 Belkin Components

Where can I go to get/ how does one modprobe?
Thanks!
 
  


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