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    Well after days of combing the internet and beating my head against the wall, I finally got my Netgear WNDA 3100 v2 wireless adapter working on my old Dell PC running Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala).

    I am not highly technical, and am fairly new to linux, so this was a real challenge for me, so this is a kind of "Wireless for Dummies".

    I will try to describe step by step for those other frustrated n00bs out there who are struggling with this.

    First I installed the firmware by typing into terminal:

    sudo su #
    cd /tmp
    wget http://launchpadlibrarian.net/27826554/ar9170-1.fw
    wget http://launchpadlibrarian.net/27826554/ar9170-1.fw
    mv ar*.fw /lib/firmware

    (you can copy that whole chunk and just paste it into terminal)
    Thanks to Tom Wright on Linux.com for that.
    http://www.linux.com/community/blogs...-in-Linux.html

    then I went to http:kb.netgear.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/12115
    and downloaded that file to my desktop. (For some reason this same process with software on the cd that came with my adapter did not work the driver was “invalid”).

    I used Wine to “install” the drivers. Install Wine and make sure it is configured to Windows XP. It does not really install the drivers, but runs the install wizard like it was on windows and unpacks them into a kind of phony C:\ drive so you can use them. Use Wine to browse that C:\ drive and you will find a folder WNDA3100v2. Inside that folder is a folder- Driver and in that WinXP200. There you will find a file bcmwlhigh5.inf. That is the prize you have been looking for.

    I just dragged the whole WNDA3100v2 folder to my desktop to make it easy to find. But, as I understand it, wherever you put it you will need to leave it in place afterward (or at least the folder with the drivers in it, not sure about that) so put it somewhere where you can keep it forever.

    Then at the top of your screen, go to System/Administration/Windows Wireless Drivers (install it if you don't have it). Then click install new driver and use Windows Wireless Drivers to browse to the .inf file, click install. That's it, you should be good to go.

    Somewhere in this whole process, my Network Manger Applet disappeared from the panel at the top of my screen. Just in case this happens to someone else, I installed Knetwork Manager from the Ubuntu Software Center, and was then able to configure my network so I could finally get online with my wireless adapter. One last note, my router is currently unsecured, so I'm not really all the way there yet.

    It's been quite a journey, I hope my story helps someone else.

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    Re: Netgear WNDA 3100 v2 wireless adapter working on Ubuntu 9.10

    Thanks for the detailed post! When I get to the following step, I'm a little confused what to do next:

    Then click install new driver and use Windows Wireless Drivers to browse to the .inf file, click install. That's it, you should be good to go.
    When I go to System - Administration - Windows Wireless Drivers an error message pops up saying "Unable to see if hardware is present.". When I click okay, next to bcmwlhigh5 it says "Hardware present: Yes". I try to click "Configure Network" but nothing happens.

    Where do I go from here?

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    Re: Netgear WNDA 3100 v2 wireless adapter working on Ubuntu 9.10

    is there a solution for WNDA 3100 v2 wireless adapter on Ubuntu 10.04

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    Thanks for the informative post Green_Bean - it did help a lot as the OS (10.04) now sees the adapter. It's also apparently working as it's detecting other networks in the area, just not mine.

    I have the Netgear WNR3500L wireless n router and even with a basic setup I can't get the 2 to talk.

    My question, is the BSSID necessary for the connection setup?

    thanks in advance!

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    Re: Netgear WNDA 3100 v2 wireless adapter working on Ubuntu 9.10

    I just got two of these usb dongles (wnda3100v2) On both of my computers i am running lucid 10.04 2.6-32-generic. I have tryed using this tutorial and a few others on both machines but neither seem to work. At first when i lsusb it will list the netgear, inc. After I add the driver via Ndiswrapper lsusb no longer displays anything, and when i try to open the ndiswrapper gui it goes to force close. Any updates on getting this device to work would be most appreciated.

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    Re: Netgear WNDA 3100 v2 wireless adapter working on Ubuntu 9.10

    The two firmware files are for the V1 or Atheros chipset adapters... They have no effect on the V2 or Broadcom chipset adapters... They are uneeded for this guide and do not need to be downloaded.

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    Re: Netgear WNDA 3100 v2 wireless adapter working on Ubuntu 9.10

    Thanks for this. I really thought I would get there. However, after installing windows wireless drivers and trying to install bcmwlhigh5.inf I get an error message "Invalid Driver". I must be doing something wrong. Please advise what I can check. Thanks and Regards, Brian



    Quote Originally Posted by Green_Bean View Post
    Well after days of combing the internet and beating my head against the wall, I finally got my Netgear WNDA 3100 v2 wireless adapter working on my old Dell PC running Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala).

    I am not highly technical, and am fairly new to linux, so this was a real challenge for me, so this is a kind of "Wireless for Dummies".

    I will try to describe step by step for those other frustrated n00bs out there who are struggling with this.

    First I installed the firmware by typing into terminal:

    sudo su #
    cd /tmp
    wget http://launchpadlibrarian.net/27826554/ar9170-1.fw
    wget http://launchpadlibrarian.net/27826554/ar9170-1.fw
    mv ar*.fw /lib/firmware

    (you can copy that whole chunk and just paste it into terminal)
    Thanks to Tom Wright on Linux.com for that.
    http://www.linux.com/community/blogs...-in-Linux.html

    then I went to http:kb.netgear.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/12115
    and downloaded that file to my desktop. (For some reason this same process with software on the cd that came with my adapter did not work the driver was “invalid”).

    I used Wine to “install” the drivers. Install Wine and make sure it is configured to Windows XP. It does not really install the drivers, but runs the install wizard like it was on windows and unpacks them into a kind of phony C:\ drive so you can use them. Use Wine to browse that C:\ drive and you will find a folder WNDA3100v2. Inside that folder is a folder- Driver and in that WinXP200. There you will find a file bcmwlhigh5.inf. That is the prize you have been looking for.

    I just dragged the whole WNDA3100v2 folder to my desktop to make it easy to find. But, as I understand it, wherever you put it you will need to leave it in place afterward (or at least the folder with the drivers in it, not sure about that) so put it somewhere where you can keep it forever.

    Then at the top of your screen, go to System/Administration/Windows Wireless Drivers (install it if you don't have it). Then click install new driver and use Windows Wireless Drivers to browse to the .inf file, click install. That's it, you should be good to go.

    Somewhere in this whole process, my Network Manger Applet disappeared from the panel at the top of my screen. Just in case this happens to someone else, I installed Knetwork Manager from the Ubuntu Software Center, and was then able to configure my network so I could finally get online with my wireless adapter. One last note, my router is currently unsecured, so I'm not really all the way there yet.

    It's been quite a journey, I hope my story helps someone else.

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    Re: Netgear WNDA 3100 v2 wireless adapter working on Ubuntu 9.10

    Thank you. I responded saying that I had a response saying the .ifo file was invalid. Of course it is valid if you have the appropriate .sys file in the same place. Sorry.


    Quote Originally Posted by Green_Bean View Post
    Well after days of combing the internet and beating my head against the wall, I finally got my Netgear WNDA 3100 v2 wireless adapter working on my old Dell PC running Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala).

    I am not highly technical, and am fairly new to linux, so this was a real challenge for me, so this is a kind of "Wireless for Dummies".

    I will try to describe step by step for those other frustrated n00bs out there who are struggling with this.

    First I installed the firmware by typing into terminal:

    sudo su #
    cd /tmp
    wget http://launchpadlibrarian.net/27826554/ar9170-1.fw
    wget http://launchpadlibrarian.net/27826554/ar9170-1.fw
    mv ar*.fw /lib/firmware

    (you can copy that whole chunk and just paste it into terminal)
    Thanks to Tom Wright on Linux.com for that.
    http://www.linux.com/community/blogs...-in-Linux.html

    then I went to http:kb.netgear.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/12115
    and downloaded that file to my desktop. (For some reason this same process with software on the cd that came with my adapter did not work the driver was “invalid”).

    I used Wine to “install” the drivers. Install Wine and make sure it is configured to Windows XP. It does not really install the drivers, but runs the install wizard like it was on windows and unpacks them into a kind of phony C:\ drive so you can use them. Use Wine to browse that C:\ drive and you will find a folder WNDA3100v2. Inside that folder is a folder- Driver and in that WinXP200. There you will find a file bcmwlhigh5.inf. That is the prize you have been looking for.

    I just dragged the whole WNDA3100v2 folder to my desktop to make it easy to find. But, as I understand it, wherever you put it you will need to leave it in place afterward (or at least the folder with the drivers in it, not sure about that) so put it somewhere where you can keep it forever.

    Then at the top of your screen, go to System/Administration/Windows Wireless Drivers (install it if you don't have it). Then click install new driver and use Windows Wireless Drivers to browse to the .inf file, click install. That's it, you should be good to go.

    Somewhere in this whole process, my Network Manger Applet disappeared from the panel at the top of my screen. Just in case this happens to someone else, I installed Knetwork Manager from the Ubuntu Software Center, and was then able to configure my network so I could finally get online with my wireless adapter. One last note, my router is currently unsecured, so I'm not really all the way there yet.

    It's been quite a journey, I hope my story helps someone else.

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    2 days u have made my day good thank you Green Bean.

    Part of those 2 days was working with the wrong WNDA3100 not the WNDA3100v2 *Kicking self in the NO NOs*

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    Re: Netgear WNDA 3100 v2 wireless adapter working on Ubuntu 9.10

    Worked for me on Dell D420 once I remembered my wireless switch was set to disable all. I copied the WinXP2000 folder from browsing applications>wine>browse c: drive>program files>netgear>drivers into my documents folder. I installed the .inf from their.

    Thanks for the instruction.

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