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Old 05-18-2018, 01:25 PM   #1
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Question Technoethical FLOSS Wifi Dongles not working out of the box in Debian 9.


Hi.

I recently bought the:
Technoethical N300 Wireless USB Adapter for GNU/Linux-libre
Technoethical N150 Mini Wireless USB Adapter for GNU/Linux-libre

Both dongles work out of the box in Trisquel 8.0.

In Debian 9.4 Stable, I tried the non-free 'firmware-atheros' package. Both dongles see my SSID and try to connect but never do.

I then uninstalled 'firmware-atheros' and installed the free drivers called 'open-ath9k-htc-firmware_1.3-1_all.deb' from a Trisquel archive. Again, both dongles still see my SSID and I try to connect to it but a connection never gets established.

Does something need to be blacklisted?

Can anyone figure this out?

Thanks.
 
Old 05-19-2018, 08:03 AM   #2
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I thought this may help:

Code:
lsusb
Code:
Bus 001 Device 009: ID 0cf3:1002 Atheros Communications, Inc. TP-Link TL-WN821N v2 / TL-WN822N v1 802.11n [Atheros AR9170]
Bus 001 Device 010: ID 0cf3:9271 Atheros Communications, Inc. AR9271 802.11n
 
Old 05-21-2018, 01:02 PM   #3
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Since they both work flawlessly in Trisquel - I'm very surprised that I cannot use them OOTB in Debian.
 
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It seems that the dongles are only checked to work on FSF approved distros AFAIK.
 
Old 06-03-2018, 02:09 PM   #5
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if you want to solve it, how about we go about it in a technical manner?
you could start by providing the info requested in this thread
 
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Old 06-04-2018, 01:48 PM   #6
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if you want to solve it, how about we go about it in a technical manner?
you could start by providing the info requested in this thread
Hi ondoho.
Code:
uname -rv
Code:
4.9.0-6-amd64 #1 SMP Debian 4.9.88-1+deb9u1 (2018-05-07)
---

Code:
lspci -knn | grep -EiA2 net
Code:
03:00.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet Controller [10ec:8168] (rev 09)
	Subsystem: ASUSTeK Computer Inc. P8 series motherboard [1043:8505]
	Kernel driver in use: r8169
---

I think
sudo dmesg|grep -Ei 'wlan|firmw|dhc'
was meant instead of this?
dmesg|grep -Ei 'wlan|firmw|dhc'

Code:
sudo dmesg|grep -Ei 'wlan|firmw|dhc'
Code:
[ 4352.834273] r8188eu 3-1.5:1.0: firmware: direct-loading firmware rtlwifi/rtl8188eufw.bin
[ 9171.592995] r8188eu 3-1.5:1.0: firmware: direct-loading firmware rtlwifi/rtl8188eufw.bin
[10930.307203] r8188eu 3-1.5:1.0: firmware: direct-loading firmware rtlwifi/rtl8188eufw.bin
[12350.819682] r8188eu 3-1.5:1.0: firmware: direct-loading firmware rtlwifi/rtl8188eufw.bin
[19262.032038] r8188eu 3-1.5:1.0: firmware: direct-loading firmware rtlwifi/rtl8188eufw.bin
[19812.700647] r8188eu 3-1.5:1.0: firmware: direct-loading firmware rtlwifi/rtl8188eufw.bin
[25144.947298] r8188eu 3-1.5:1.0: firmware: direct-loading firmware rtlwifi/rtl8188eufw.bin
[26317.558543] r8188eu 3-1.5:1.0: firmware: direct-loading firmware rtlwifi/rtl8188eufw.bin
[27920.852433] usb 3-1.1: Product: USB2.0 WLAN
[27921.694402] usb 3-1.1: firmware: direct-loading firmware carl9170-1.fw
[27921.694438] usb 3-1.1: firmware API: 1.9.6 2012-07-07
[27922.177425] carl9170 3-1.1:1.0 wlx940c6d8cc484: renamed from wlan0
[28093.468661] r8188eu 3-1.6:1.0 wlx10feed2124f6: renamed from wlan0
[28093.502057] r8188eu 3-1.6:1.0: firmware: direct-loading firmware rtlwifi/rtl8188eufw.bin
---

Code:
sudo rfkill list
Code:
0: phy0: Wireless LAN
	Soft blocked: no
	Hard blocked: no

I will post the output for (sudo cat /var/log/syslog | grep -Ei 'net|wpa|dhc') in another post. It's incredibly long. Actually it seems to output personal info such as SSID, MAC addresses, etc. Can you provide an alternate line to input?

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Old 06-04-2018, 03:43 PM   #7
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i forgot we're talking about a usb dongle, so we'll need output of
Code:
sudo lsusb
so far i can see no errors; we need to find some, or there's nothing to troubleshoot...

maybe also
Code:
ping -c5 8.8.8.8
ping -c5 google.com
is r8188eu your device?
 
Old 06-05-2018, 02:06 PM   #8
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i forgot we're talking about a usb dongle, so we'll need output of
Code:
sudo lsusb
so far i can see no errors; we need to find some, or there's nothing to troubleshoot...

maybe also
Code:
ping -c5 8.8.8.8
ping -c5 google.com
is r8188eu your device?
Code:
sudo lsusb
Code:
Bus 002 Device 003: ID 046d:c077 Logitech, Inc. M105 Optical Mouse
Bus 002 Device 002: ID 8087:0024 Intel Corp. Integrated Rate Matching Hub
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 001 Device 003: ID 058f:6364 Alcor Micro Corp. AU6477 Card Reader Controller
Bus 001 Device 005: ID 0cf3:1002 Atheros Communications, Inc. TP-Link TL-WN821N v2 / TL-WN822N v1 802.11n [Atheros AR9170]
Bus 001 Device 002: ID 8087:0024 Intel Corp. Integrated Rate Matching Hub
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0003 Linux Foundation 3.0 root hub
Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
The r8188eu is for my 'TP-Link TL-WN725N Wireless Nano USB Adapter'. That works with the firmware-realtek package.

I can't ping as the dongle I want to get working won't connect to my SSID.

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Old 06-06-2018, 12:46 PM   #9
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i now see that in post #1 you mention 2 usb wifi adapters.
this is confusing.
we need to concentrate on one.
and obviously i assume that all output you provide reflects the problematic behavior. is that so? please clarify.

next we need the syslog output also.

how do you try to connect? network manager? does it see the device at all, or does it simply say there's no wifi?
if it sees the device, what happens when you try to connect to your hotspot?
 
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Quote:
Originally Posted by ondoho View Post
i now see that in post #1 you mention 2 usb wifi adapters.
this is confusing.
we need to concentrate on one.
and obviously i assume that all output you provide reflects the problematic behavior. is that so? please clarify.

next we need the syslog output also.

how do you try to connect? network manager? does it see the device at all, or does it simply say there's no wifi?
if it sees the device, what happens when you try to connect to your hotspot?
I recently bought 2 wifi dongles from Technoethical (N300 Wireless USB Adapter & N150 Mini Wireless USB Adapter). Both detect my network but fail to connect. I am trying to get the N300 to work - the N150 is not a priority right now. From what I can tell, all the problematic output was for the N300 but I can repost any relevant requirements again if you want.

The wifi dongle that works and that I've had for a long while is the 'TP-Link TL-WN725N Wireless Nano USB Adapter'.

What syslog do I show?

I use NetworkManager Applet 1.4.4.

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Old 06-09-2018, 11:58 AM   #11
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To clarify - these output are with only the N300 attached.

Code:
lsusb
Code:
Bus 002 Device 003: ID 046d:c077 Logitech, Inc. M105 Optical Mouse
Bus 002 Device 002: ID 8087:0024 Intel Corp. Integrated Rate Matching Hub
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 001 Device 007: ID 0cf3:1002 Atheros Communications, Inc. TP-Link TL-WN821N v2 / TL-WN822N v1 802.11n [Atheros AR9170]
Bus 001 Device 003: ID 058f:6364 Alcor Micro Corp. AU6477 Card Reader Controller
Bus 001 Device 002: ID 8087:0024 Intel Corp. Integrated Rate Matching Hub
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0003 Linux Foundation 3.0 root hub
Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub

Code:
uname -rv
Code:
4.9.0-6-amd64 #1 SMP Debian 4.9.88-1+deb9u1 (2018-05-07)

Code:
lspci -knn | grep -EiA2 net
Code:
03:00.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet Controller [10ec:8168] (rev 09)
	Subsystem: ASUSTeK Computer Inc. P8 series motherboard [1043:8505]
	Kernel driver in use: r8169

Code:
sudo dmesg|grep -Ei 'wlan|firmw|dhc'
Code:
[11156.783517] r8188eu 1-1.6:1.0: firmware: direct-loading firmware rtlwifi/rtl8188eufw.bin
[12384.534024] r8188eu 1-1.6:1.0: firmware: direct-loading firmware rtlwifi/rtl8188eufw.bin
[12426.868163] r8188eu 1-1.5:1.0 wlx10feed2124f6: renamed from wlan0
[12426.903641] r8188eu 1-1.5:1.0: firmware: direct-loading firmware rtlwifi/rtl8188eufw.bin
[14520.068312] r8188eu 1-1.5:1.0: firmware: direct-loading firmware rtlwifi/rtl8188eufw.bin
[19217.699559] r8188eu 1-1.5:1.0: firmware: direct-loading firmware rtlwifi/rtl8188eufw.bin
[23308.810841] r8188eu 1-1.5:1.0: firmware: direct-loading firmware rtlwifi/rtl8188eufw.bin
[27302.387535] r8188eu 1-1.5:1.0: firmware: direct-loading firmware rtlwifi/rtl8188eufw.bin
[27933.958843] r8188eu 1-1.5:1.0: firmware: direct-loading firmware rtlwifi/rtl8188eufw.bin
[29571.340687] r8188eu 1-1.5:1.0: firmware: direct-loading firmware rtlwifi/rtl8188eufw.bin
[30633.946693] usb 1-1.5: Product: USB2.0 WLAN
[30634.281826] usb 1-1.5: firmware: direct-loading firmware carl9170-1.fw
[30634.281864] usb 1-1.5: firmware API: 1.9.6 2012-07-07
[30634.748232] carl9170 1-1.5:1.0 wlx940c6d8cc484: renamed from wlan0

Code:
sudo rfkill list
Code:
0: phy0: Wireless LAN
	Soft blocked: no
	Hard blocked: no

Code:
sudo lsusb
Code:
Bus 002 Device 003: ID 046d:c077 Logitech, Inc. M105 Optical Mouse
Bus 002 Device 002: ID 8087:0024 Intel Corp. Integrated Rate Matching Hub
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 001 Device 007: ID 0cf3:1002 Atheros Communications, Inc. TP-Link TL-WN821N v2 / TL-WN822N v1 802.11n [Atheros AR9170]
Bus 001 Device 003: ID 058f:6364 Alcor Micro Corp. AU6477 Card Reader Controller
Bus 001 Device 002: ID 8087:0024 Intel Corp. Integrated Rate Matching Hub
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0003 Linux Foundation 3.0 root hub
Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub

Code:
ping -c5 8.8.8.8
Code:
connect: Network is unreachable
 
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there's currently an identical problem on bunsenlabs forums.
lacking any real errors (in syslog maybe???) the advice is to go thoroughly check out what debian wiki has to say to that, and report back.
 
  


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