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glore2002 11-10-2012 09:59 AM

Fedora 17 and TP-LINK TL-WN821N
New to fedora after trying many and different linux distros. I've just installed fedora 17 x64.

I need to connect to internet (wifi) with my usb card TP-LINK TL-821N.

Up to now, no results. Nothing. :-(

No way to turn wifi on. On top right corner fedora only shows wired connection which I don't use.

Somewhere I've read that using rfkill may solve the problem but How can I install rfkill without being connected? If I go to add/remove software and search for it, it doesn't show up.

Well, now I am using windows to access this forum. will I be able to use fedora to do the same? :-)

Besides any joke. Please, help me. It is very frustrating not to be able go connect my computer to the internet in November 2012.

Ubuntu, Bodhi, etc. connect directly without almost any user activity. Why is it so difficult in Fedora?

Thank you!

unSpawn 11-11-2012 02:14 PM

- Does 'lsmod' show the device drivers are loaded? (Or: what drivers did the device use in the other Linux distributions?)
- Does 'lsusb' show the device is recognized?
- Does 'dmesg' or /var/log/messages show anything related to USB, the device, wpa_client, NetworkManager?
- Did you (try to) configure the device for your network?

Inkit 11-12-2012 07:47 PM

Don't know if you've tried this, but most usb modems need to be plugged in for a couple of minutes before they show up in the network manager applet. I noticed that your signature says Debian Lenny and if you've configured your modem in Debian, the process is exactly the same in Fedora too. You just need to wait a while till your device shows up in network manager.

glore2002 11-12-2012 07:50 PM

Thanks for your reply!
lsusb shows the following information in Linux Mint 13 (where the card works without user intervention):

Bus 001 Device 003: ID 0cf3:1002 Atheros Communications, Inc. TP-Link TL-WN821N v2 802.11n [Atheros AR9170]

What should I do to install that driver in Fedora?

Thanks again!

unSpawn 11-12-2012 08:17 PM

- Read
- Check if you already have /lib/firmware/carl9170-1.fw else D/L the firmware .
- 'sudo cp carl9170-1.fw /lib/firmware/carl9170-1.fw; sudo restorecon /lib/firmware/carl9170-1.fw'.
- Then check for the "carl9170usb" driver: 'grep carl9170 /proc/modules' else try 'modprobe carl9170'.
[EDIT]*If the carl9170 driver is loaded best first unload it ('rmmod carl9170') and reload it ('modprobe carl9170') or unplug and add the device.[/EDIT]

stryker_oz 01-09-2013 06:56 AM


Am poised to buy a couple of these as have updated my APs to 300M. Did the instructions above get yours functional, and if you don't mind me asking, howe have you found the performance?


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