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Old 10-26-2016, 03:36 PM   #1
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Need to buy a wifi dongle?


I have a netbook that uses an intel 3160 wireless chip. I tried ubuntu and Mint and both sees the wifi networks available to connect to but it can't connect my router. The wifi chip uses the iwlwifi driver.

I tried everything on the web and on youtube about fixing this but to no avail.

So, I need help on choosing a wireless dongle that will work out of the box if possible. Thanks

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Old 10-26-2016, 03:38 PM   #2
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What version of Ubuntu & Mint did you use? Intel 3160 works out of the box for me in 16.04...
 
Old 10-26-2016, 03:41 PM   #3
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The lateset ones on each.
 
Old 10-26-2016, 03:50 PM   #4
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What security setup are you using on your router? That chip should most definitely work with the latest versions (I don't have a 3160 anymore, but to my knowledge there aren't any regressions in any of the recent kernels for that chip).
 
Old 10-26-2016, 03:55 PM   #5
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My router is fine. I can connect my other wifi devices that I have to it. It's just the netbook that will not connect.

Some additional info.

dmesg says that iwlwifi-3160-17.ucode failed to load. On both ubuntu and Mint, only iwlwifi-3160-16.ucode is available in /lib/firmware.

I tried a suggestion on the web on downloading the iwlwifi-3160-17.ucode firmware and putting it in /lib/firmware and then reboot, but that didn't work either.

So, I am stuck and need to get a linux compatible dongle.
 
Old 10-26-2016, 04:09 PM   #6
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I was looking on amazon and found this.

Plugable USB 2.0 Wireless N 802.11n 150 Mbps Nano WiFi Network Adapter (Realtek RTL8188CUS Chipset) Plug & Play for Windows, Raspberry Pi and Pi2, Linux

I think I will try this dongle above. It costs only $9.95.

I appreciate the replies from all in here. Thanks
 
Old 10-26-2016, 04:50 PM   #7
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ThinkPenguin sells wireless dongles guaranteed to work with Linux. I bought one when the wireless chip in my old Asus died and it worked just fine.
 
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" wifi networks available to connect"

I think this means that it really is working. It is at least receiving beacons. A new nic may not improve this until you figure out why you can't connect.

See this at least for clues. https://forums.bunsenlabs.org/viewtopic.php?id=1289

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