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    wireless connector

    hello! i am a relatively new ubuntu/linux user, attempting to install a
    cisco valet connector (usb wireless device.) i'm not sure where to start looking for instructions for how to do this, and the cisco site was not helpful (to me). any ideas?
    many thanks! jennifer

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    Re: wireless connector

    Quote Originally Posted by feralfinds View Post
    hello! i am a relatively new ubuntu/linux user, attempting to install a
    cisco valet connector (usb wireless device.) i'm not sure where to start looking for instructions for how to do this, and the cisco site was not helpful (to me). any ideas?
    many thanks! jennifer
    You might want to go to the terminal (Applications>>Accessories>> Terminal) and type in

    Code:
    lsusb | grep Wireless
    That is LSUSB... in lowercase, W in uppercase
    and copy\paste what you get back here. If you don't get anything, try just

    Code:
    lsusb
    It will be much longer but should give an indication of what the device is it will be under the terminology Network.

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    Re: wireless connector

    Also,
    there is a pretty good method for using windows drivers with ndiswrapper.

    if you install from synaptic, and then load the .inf driver from the installation CD, you should be able to use the usb wireless.

    The method works best on 32 bit windows, and you may need to install wine to retrieve the .inf file.
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    Re: wireless connector

    bkratz,
    thanks for your ideas. this is what came back at me when i typed in lsusb:

    Bus 001 Device 005: ID 1307:0169 Transcend Information, Inc. TS2GJF210 JetFlash 210 2GB
    Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
    Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 005 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub

    thanks! jennifer

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    Re: wireless connector

    johnmay,
    thanks for your input on this. the usb adaptor did not come with a cd...but some fiels do pop up when i connect the device. im having trouble installing with synaptic, however, but i will keep playing around. thanks!

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    Re: wireless connector

    Quote Originally Posted by feralfinds View Post
    bkratz,
    thanks for your ideas. this is what came back at me when i typed in lsusb:

    Bus 001 Device 005: ID 1307:0169 Transcend Information, Inc. TS2GJF210 JetFlash 210 2GB
    Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
    Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 005 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub

    thanks! jennifer
    Jennifer,

    Do you see any data here that looks like a USB wireless device? Not me, either. Was it inserted in the USB slot at the time you ran the command?
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    Re: wireless connector

    Quote Originally Posted by chili555 View Post
    Jennifer,

    Do you see any data here that looks like a USB wireless device? Not me, either. Was it inserted in the USB slot at the time you ran the command?
    @Chili555

    Believe it or not--this is the listing for the network controller

    Bus 001 Device 005: ID 1307:0169 Transcend Information, Inc. TS2GJF210 JetFlash 210 2GB

    According to this page

    http://homecommunity.cisco.com/t5/Co...ons/m-p/360227

    I don't have any idea of how to proceed, hopefully the best does!

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    Re: wireless connector

    chili555,

    yes, it was inserted in a usb port. i also tried running the command from all the other usb ports, and received similar results.

    the link from bkratz (cisco link) is the one i found when looking up this device.
    to the best of your knowledge, does my original assumption still stand? (this device is not compatible with linux/ubuntu.)
    thanks!
    jennifer

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    Re: wireless connector

    Hmmm, methinks usb_modeswitch may be our new best friend.

    @Jennifer-

    Please open a terminal and do:
    Code:
    sudo tail -f /var/log/messages
    Leave the terminal open as you remove the device, wait a few moments and reinsert it. Watch the new messages that appear and post them here.

    @bkratz-

    I think these devices show up as, of all things, a CD-ROM! The Windows and Mac drivers are on the "CD-ROM" and then control is handed over to the wireless device behind it. Please see:
    Code:
    man usb_modeswitch
    It will be an interesting test of both our considerable powers to get this going. Provisionally, I'm thinking we figure out the usb_modeswitch commands and load it in to /etc/rc.local so it appears as a wireless device and connects by the time Jennifer logs in.
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    Re: wireless connector

    also,
    i just ran the lsusb command with my old wireless device. (cisco, linsys, 2 yrs old).
    it seems to only pop up in one usb port:

    Bus 001 Device 012: ID 13b1:0020 WUSB54GC 802.11g Adapter [ralink rt73]
    Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
    Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 005 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub

    It is odd, to me, that it will only be read in one port. I've tried plugging a usb jumpdrive into all the ports, and all read the drive.

    my assumption was that this older wireless device "died", but maybe not, since it is appearing with the lsusb command.

    is there any hope to revive this device, or should i ask for recommendations on which devices i can buy, that will be compatible?

    also:
    sorry about the double posting, i couldnt find this one, and thought maybe it was deleted somehow. i'll stick to this thread.

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