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    Re: WNDA 4100 (NetGear N900) Wireless Dual Band USB Adapter

    You will need to download and compile rt3573sta and make a few changes. Can you get a wired ethernet connection even temporarily? If not, we can still compile, but it will be a bit difficult. If you can hook up an ethernet cable and get a connection, open a terminal and do:
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    sudo apt-get install linux-headers-generic build-essential
    Go here http://www.wikidevi.com/wiki/Netgear_WNDA4100 and download the package for rt3573sta. Get it to your desktop so we can find it. Right-click it and select Extract Here. Open the folder that appears called Linux and select the DPO version. Right-click it and select Extract Here. Now we will make some changes to it. Drill down to os/linux/config.mk. Open the file with a text editor and make these changes:
    ** Build for being controlled by NetworkManager or wpa_supplicant wext functions
    Please set 'HAS_WPA_SUPPLICANT=y' and 'HAS_NATIVE_WPA_SUPPLICANT_SUPPORT=y'.
    In other words, change the =n to =y in those two lines. Proofread very carefully, save and close the text editor.

    Open the file common/rtusb_dev_id.c with any text editor, such as gedit. Add a line as I've highlighted:
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    #endif /* RT35xx */
    #ifdef RT3573
    	{USB_DEVICE(0x148F,0x3573)}, /* Ralink 3573 */
    	{USB_DEVICE(0x7392,0x7733)}, /* Edimax */
    	{USB_DEVICE(0x0846,0x9012)}, /* Netgear */
    	{USB_DEVICE(0x0B05,0x17AD)}, /*ASUS */
    #endif /* RT3573 */
    	{ }/* Terminating entry */
    All other lines before and after are unchanged. Punctuation, spelling, spacing, etc. are crucial so proofread very carefully, save and close the text editor.

    Now we're ready to compile. Open a terminal and do:
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    cd Desktop/Linux/DPO
    Press Tab and the remainder will fill in automagiaclly. Press Enter. Now do:
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    sudo su
    make
    make install
    modprobe rt3573sta
    exit
    Is it working now? Are we there yet?
    "Oh, Ubuntu, you are my favorite Linux-based operating system" --Dr. Sheldon Cooper, Ph.D.

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    Talking Re: WNDA 4100 (NetGear N900) Wireless Dual Band USB Adapter

    Chilli,
    I just wanted to thank you for helping me out with this...
    Thing works beautiful no problems connecting and 100 %
    Signal Strength. Thanks for the help bro it is appreciated...

    S

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    Re: WNDA 4100 (NetGear N900) Wireless Dual Band USB Adapter

    Have the time and the computers to try this now. Will let you know. Sound like very complete instructions. If this works, and you already have several successes, this ought to be written into some kind of permanent how-to. I would be willing to help with that, although you seem to write very clearly yourself.

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    Re: WNDA 4100 (NetGear N900) Wireless Dual Band USB Adapter

    Um, that was meant for chili555 ...

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    Re: WNDA 4100 (NetGear N900) Wireless Dual Band USB Adapter

    Chili,
    First stumble, I can't connect to ethernet (router too far ... in other room) with Ubuntu (installed on "immovable" desktop).

    What now?

    PS: how do you put taglines on your messages?

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    Re: WNDA 4100 (NetGear N900) Wireless Dual Band USB Adapter

    Arrrgh! Post #6 here is a description of how to get the packages build-essential and linux-headers-generic: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.p...uild-essential

    Obviously, when that description gets to compat-wireless for the driver alx, you need to veer off to Ralink for rt3573sta.

    As you can see, it is a complex process and may take a couple of tries. As you can also see in post #9, the poster in the thread I linked did so successfully and we are all still friends!

    Are you sure you can't borrow or buy a longer ethernet cable? This would be a five minute process if you could. I will be happy to help in any event.
    PS: how do you put taglines on your messages?
    You can set them in your profile > Edit Signature.
    "Oh, Ubuntu, you are my favorite Linux-based operating system" --Dr. Sheldon Cooper, Ph.D.

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    Re: WNDA 4100 (NetGear N900) Wireless Dual Band USB Adapter

    For some reason it didn't work.

    I managed to download the package (sneaker net) and make the changes requested (the changes have already been made in the first file, not in the second).

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    Last edited by cecilieaux; September 8th, 2012 at 06:48 PM.

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    Re: WNDA 4100 (NetGear N900) Wireless Dual Band USB Adapter

    OK, I figured out there are typos and am fixing them.

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    Re: WNDA 4100 (NetGear N900) Wireless Dual Band USB Adapter

    YAAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I'm posting this from Ubuntu!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Re: WNDA 4100 (NetGear N900) Wireless Dual Band USB Adapter

    Cried victory too soon ... an ubuntu update made the driver inoperable. This was not a major update, just from

    Ubuntu, with Linux 3.2.0-29-generic-pae

    to

    Ubuntu, with Linux 3.2.0-30-generic-pae

    I've now rebooted with the old one and the connection is fine.

    Solutions???

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