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Old 01-28-2017, 09:15 PM   #1
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MX Linux (MX16) & Netgear Wireless Issue

Hey Folks,

I would have posted this on the MX Linux forum but have been having issues registering on their forum so I thought I would try LQ.

I have just installed MX 16 on an old Dell desktop that does not have a wireless card. The owner of the machine does have a Netgear WNA3100 wireless adapter which was working on the old Win XP installed on the machine.

Issue being is I can't get the WNA3100 to work with MX16 after using some tutorials for other distros I've found online. In fear I may have over done trying to get it work on my MX16 install, I re-installed MX16 and figured I would see if there are any tutorials or pointers user on LQ may have.

Any help will be appreciated!
Old 02-09-2017, 04:27 AM   #2
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Welcome to LQ.

The Netgear WNA3100 has a Broadcom wifi card. Broadcom cards can be “problematical” (polite term) in Linux.

The good news is that MX’s stablemate antiX-16.1 automatically recognises and enables most Broadcom wifi cards.

antiX is a lightweight Linux distribution specially designed for older, low-powered hardware such as this.

Download the 32 bit antiX-16.1_386-full.iso:

antiX-16 FAQs:

To enable wifi after installation:

Menu > Control Centre > Network > Network Interfaces (ceni) > wlan0 > follow wizard and give SSID/network name and wifi password.

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