USB Wirless Adapter Not Recognized
Updated my home router/firewall box to Slackware 14.0.
eth0 goes to internet and eth1 goes to wired LAN -- wired networking is functional; no problems.
Bought 802.11n usb wireless adapter from thinkpenguin.com:
Chipset Atheros AR9170
Antenna Ports 2 x R-SMA Connectors
Speed Up to 300Mbps with 2T2R Radio
Dual Band 5GHz and 2.4GHz
Frequency Range 802.11g/b: 2.400GHz~2.4835GHz
ETSI: 802.11a: 5.470 to 5.725 GHz
USA: 802.11a: 5.725 to 5.825 GHz
Modulation Technique Orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM)
Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum (CCK, DQPSK,DBPSK)
Media Access Protocol CSMA/CA (Collision Avoidance) with ACK
Security 64/128bit WEP, WPA, WPA2, 802.1x and 802.11i
Certifications CE, FCC
Data Rates 11g: 54, 48, 36, 24, 18, 12, 9 and 6Mbps
(with auto rate fall back)
Plugged it into router/firewall box and want to use it as a Wireless Access Point.
I downloaded and installed Firmware ver. 1.9.6 from LinuxWireless and placed it in /lib/firmware and rebooted.
The device is not recognized using wireless-tools and I cannot make progress.
I need to be able to identify the device before I can configure it, I think?
This is my first foray into wireless networking with linux.
Any guidance or suggestions greatly appreciated.
Thank you for reading.
I've tried both firmware from http://wireless.kernel.org/en/users/Drivers/carl9170 and still no go.
USB Wireless Adapter is now recognized by kernel, and drivers/modules/firmware are correct.
Marking the thread [SOLVED].
The issue was a simple oversight on the part of the user -- yours truly.
I followed these instructions:
1. Carl9170 requires a Linux or Linux-based kernel of 2.6.37 or newer. You will need to upgrade to this version.
2. Download the carl9170 firmware (carl9170-1.fw) and place it in the /lib/firmware directory.
3. As root or super user (admin) edit /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf and add "blacklist ar9170usb" to the bottom (without the quotes).
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For some reason, when I downloaded the "carl9170-1.fw" firmware using links from ssh terminal connection, the firmware file name would show up as something like "fw1.9.6" and I didn't think twice about it or question it. /lib/firmware/fw1.9.6 was obviously not recognized. I didn't notice the file name difference until following the directions for the third time. As soon as I manually changed the download name to "carl9170-1.fw" and rebooted, firmware and driver and device all recognized in dmesg log and iwconfig output.
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