I have a Linksys AE3000 USB wireless adapter that I want to connect to my Debian server with access to my home wireless network. I know that native support for this device is normally unavailable, but I found a Blogger who describes a hack of the RT3573 module driver source. I followed his instructions, and it worked (kind of)! The blue LED flashes, and 'ifconfig' and 'iwconfig' both show the device. Here is the 'iwconfig' results:
ra0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 20:aa:4b:e9:7f:67
inet6 addr: fe80::22aa:4bff:fee9:7f67/64 Scope:Link
UP BROADCAST MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
RX packets:10 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:96 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
RX bytes:1248 (1.2 KiB) TX bytes:9476 (9.2 KiB)
and here the 'iwconfig' results:
ra0 Ralink STA ESSID:"11n-AP" Nickname:"RT2870STA"
Mode:Auto Frequency=2.412 GHz Access Point: Not-Associated
Bit Rate:1 Mb/s
ff Fragment thr
Link Quality=10/100 Signal level:0 dBm Noise level:0 dBm
Rx invalid nwid:0 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid frag:0
Tx excessive retries:0 Invalid misc:0 Missed beacon:0
But ISSID is "11n-AP" instead of my home network ID. I understand that AP stands for 'access point', but beyond that I am in the dark. Is this something that I can use to access my network, or is this a dead end. Any advice or suggestions are welcome.