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Old 05-30-2016, 01:59 PM   #1
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Issues with USB wifi adapter in linux?


Hi im trying to get my WiFi USB adapter going in linux, a distro running in VMWware on a windows machine. It looks like VMWare is capturing the device fine.

Code:
root:~# lsusb
Bus 002 Device 003: ID 0457:0163 Silicon Integrated Systems Corp. SiS163U 802.11 Wireless LAN Adapter
Bus 002 Device 002: ID 0bda:0307 Realtek Semiconductor Corp. 
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 001 Device 003: ID 0e0f:0002 VMware, Inc. Virtual USB Hub
Bus 001 Device 002: ID 0e0f:0003 VMware, Inc. Virtual Mouse
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
root:~#
I beleive that

Bus 002 Device 003: ID 0457:0163 Silicon Integrated Systems Corp. SiS163U 802.11 Wireless LAN Adapter

is my device, but I have no options for connecting to a WiFi network in network manager? Do I need to install drivers? Can anyone please help with this, I have very little knowledge when it comes to drivers in linux.

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Old 05-30-2016, 02:52 PM   #2
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deanfourie,

Welcome to LQ.

By the sounds of it you have a Fujitsu laptop with the SiS163U wireless adapter.

Unfortunately, things are probably going to get very messy. The solution requires a lot of command line work.

The alternative is to find a USB wifi adapter which definitely works in Linux.

What distro are you using?

Please open a Terminal and let us have the output of:

Code:
inxi -Fxz
Thanks.
 
Old 05-30-2016, 03:37 PM   #3
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Thanks

I get command not found,

Im running Kali Linux.


Thanks
 
Old 05-30-2016, 03:46 PM   #4
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deanfourie,

Why on earth did you not say you were using Kali at the very beginning?

I have wasted time searching for an answer to your problem, assuming you were using a standard Linux distro.

If you are looking for a Linux distribution to learn the basics of Linux and need a good starting point, Kali Linux is not the ideal distribution for you.

http://docs.kali.org/introduction/sh...use-kali-linux

http://www.wirelesshack.org/best-kal...gles-2016.html

http://www.wirelesshack.org/top-kali...gles-2015.html

Good luck.
 
Old 05-30-2016, 04:01 PM   #5
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Kali assumes the end users are advanced and has many features and settings not common to standard distro's.
 
Old 05-30-2016, 04:27 PM   #6
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Sorry I didnt mention it because a lot of people get a bit sceptical when you mention you are using kali! Sorry man!

Also, it doesnt matter. Its a VM so re installing is easy and ive used kali before. I dont mind being thrown right in the deep end to begin with, and I have learnt ALOT with kali.

I guess all im asking at this point is, is this adapter even compatible with linux? I cant find any drivers out there. Only solution I can find is the windows XP driver emulation using NDISwrapper

Last edited by deanfourie; 05-30-2016 at 04:29 PM.
 
Old 05-30-2016, 04:35 PM   #7
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deanfourie,

The only solution I have found uses ndiswrapper.

Is that any use to you?

EDIT
Well here are the instructions anyway:

Download Windows driver (sis163u.inf) from:

http://puolanka.info/wlan/sis163u.inf.tar.gz

Download it to Desktop.

Then extract it:

Code:
cd Desktop

tar xzf sis163u.inf.tar.gz
This places a folder called WLAN on the Desktop.

Code:
sudo ndiswrapper -i /home/dean/Desktop/WLAN/sis163u.inf
NB Change this if dean is not your user name.

Probe the new driver:

Code:
sudo modprobe ndiswrapper
iwconfig finds the device if it installed correctly:

Code:
iwconfig
Click on Wifi icon in bottom toolbar and enter wifi password.

If this does not work, reboot and check that wifi indicator light is ON.

If not, hold down Fn key and press F2.

Reboot if needed.

Last edited by beachboy2; 05-30-2016 at 04:48 PM.
 
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Old 05-30-2016, 04:56 PM   #8
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Hey beachboy,

Thanks for the reply. I will give it a go im not going to spend too much time on it as I can get a new adapter for like $7 but ill try it now before buying.


Appreciate your time and help!
 
Old 05-30-2016, 05:05 PM   #9
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root@kali:~/Downloads# tar -xzf driver.tar.gz
root@kali:~/Downloads# ndiswrapper -i WLAN/sis163u.inf
installing sis163u ...
root@kali:~/Downloads# modprobe ndiswrapper
modprobe: FATAL: Module ndiswrapper not found.
root@kali:~/Downloads# sudo modprobe ndiswrapper
modprobe: FATAL: Module ndiswrapper not found.
root@kali:~/Downloads#
 
Old 05-30-2016, 05:09 PM   #10
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You may need to run depmod.
 
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Originally Posted by beachboy2 View Post
deanfourie,

Why on earth did you not say you were using Kali at the very beginning?

I have wasted time searching for an answer to your problem, assuming you were using a standard Linux distro.

If you are looking for a Linux distribution to learn the basics of Linux and need a good starting point, Kali Linux is not the ideal distribution for you.

http://docs.kali.org/introduction/sh...use-kali-linux

https://kodiadvices.org/123movies-kodi-addon/

http://www.wirelesshack.org/top-kali...gles-2015.html

Good luck.
Thanks Mate!
 
  


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