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Old 02-09-2004, 12:29 PM   #1
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Exclamation Netgear MA111 Wireless USB Adapter woes

Recently bought a Netgear MA111 Wireless USB Adapter for my box. My house is pretty big and I hate having cables lying all around the place. Before the purchase I checked wether I could get this particular adapter to work in linux, and it's compatible with the linux-wlan-ng drivers.
The problem is that I can't get it to work. I've spent a number of hours probing the forums but I can't seem to find anything.

The drivers are compiled and installed.
I can run 'modprobe prism2_usb prism2_doreset=1' as the README suggests without errors and my lsmod shows that the module is loaded, together with another one (not sure what it's called since I'm on windoze now).

It's the next step however that fudges it all:

'wlanctl-ng wlan0 lnxreq_ifstate ifstate=enable'

only returns an error:

error: wlan0: no such device

So now I'm stuck. I've tried the script that ships with the driver called 'rc.wlan', it returns exactly the same error.

Any help/pointers will be greatly appreciated...
Old 02-09-2004, 01:04 PM   #2
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run iwconfig and see what you get

it sometimes registers as eth0 or eth1 instead of wlan0
make sure you have a file in /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-wlan0 (or /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth0, as the case may be) and that it has this:


I have a tutorial which you might find usefull

I'm pretty sure the driver I use supports yours as well
Old 02-24-2004, 06:25 AM   #3
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You have to add the following line to your /etc/modules.conf

alias wlan0 prism2_usb
options wlan0 prism2_doreset=1

This should do it.

Old 02-24-2004, 09:05 AM   #4
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If it is loaded and appears in the read out of iwconfig then it's ready to go, use DHCP to get an IP and connect to your network

Old 09-20-2004, 02:15 AM   #5
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hey guys, thanks for everyone's comments. piecing together the suggestions here, i was finally able to get my ma111 to work on suse 9.1 personal (after about 8 hours of trying stuff, upgrading suse, etc).

ultimately, i think it was the options doreset=1 that was key for me.

i still have to use the command dhcpcd to get an ip and such from my router, any way i can automate this so it is done automatically at startup? sorry, i'm relatively new to linux.

thanks again.
Old 09-20-2004, 08:07 AM   #6
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I'm not very familiar with Suse, but you'll probably need to make a copy of
and call it
. Of course, you may have to emacs or nano it to change / add a few things - like
iwconfig_wlan0 mode managed
ifconfig_wlan0=( "dhcp" )
. And then make symbolic links
ln -s
to that new script in

More than likely Suse has a gui configurator for this in YaST or the KDE's Kontrol Center (or whatever it's called)

I hope that helps get you on the right path.
BTW: I found that the at76c503-rfmd berlios module worked a little smoother for me.

Last edited by CoolAJ86; 09-20-2004 at 08:10 AM.
Old 10-28-2004, 02:39 AM   #7
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For some reason lately Linux will lose my MA111. It still shows wlan connected but I can't do any network or internet functions until I unplug the adapter and plug it back in.

What's the deal? I'm on Mandrake 10.1


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