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Old 09-04-2005, 02:52 PM   #1
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Connecting to wireless network through Linksys USB adapter

Good afternoon.

I installed Mandriva Linux on one of my computers this afternoon.

I have a wireless network set up in my house. I have a Linksys USB adapter (model WUSB54G) connected to this computer. When I go to set this up to connect to my wireless netowrk, I'm not sure which driver to choose or really how to go about this... (total, and I do mean TOTAL, Linux newbie).

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Old 09-06-2005, 03:43 AM   #2
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Does mandriva recognise the usb wireless adapter as a wireless adapter or is it coming up as an unknown piece of hardware?

I'm not entirely sure about usb adapters but with wireless cards that linux doesn't have a native driver for you would need to use ndiswrapper to load the windows version of the driver into the kernel. It would be beneficial to read up on ndiswrapper.

Check you've got ndiswrapper - type ndiswrapper at shell, if it can't find the command then you haven't got it installed, if this is the case then type urpmi ndiswrapper at shell and follow the prompts.

Once it's installed, find the correct driver for your usb adapter, this will be on the CD you got with the usb adapter. You're looking for a .inf file which should have a .sys with the same name. You might need to do a bit of googling to find out which driver is the correct one as there may be several on your CD.

Have a look at this:

you won't need to do anything in the first CODE box because you will have already installed ndiswrapper. Start from number 2.

Hope this helps.


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