I use a similar wifi card with an rtl8180 chipset and use ndiswrapper to drive it, using the windows .inf file - on the installation CD.
Check your kernel to see if there is support for this hardware - unlikely.
cd into your kernel source directory e.g. /usr/src/linux-2.x.x.x or whatever the kernel is.
if this doesnt work try
Then (in the case of my kernel 126.96.36.199)
Drivers > Network Device Support > Wireless LAN (non-hamradio) > to see a list of drivers.
I do not use ubuntu and maybe debian has it's own method to install this hardware. Under Slackware I use ndiswrapper.
Download and install ndiswrapper (follow the instructions - the readme directs you to the web site for installation details). Installation errors may require a different version for your running kernel.
Download and install the associated firmware
(Check /etc/hotplug/firmware-agent - open with text editor - for the correct FIRMWARE_PATH= and copy the firmware files to that directory.
/lib/firmware under Slack.
Install the windows supplied .inf file for the rtl8180L driver
#ndiswrapper -i <filename.inf>
should say hardware present driver present.
makes it permanent.
should show the wireless device as wlan0 plus much more info.
Errors up to this point usually involve the firmware, either the wrong version or in the wrong directory.
Then assign it an IP address and if required a default gateway to your router if you have one.
#ifconfig wlan0 xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx netmask 255.255.255.0 up
#route add default gw xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx
For security options and the various modes please read the appropriate forums.
Be sure to select the appropriate package for your kernel and with it the associated firmware release.
There is plenty of info googling to help you.
Hope this helps.
Last edited by The_Outlander; 02-08-2006 at 02:59 PM.