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    Netgear N600 WNDA3100 USB Wireless Adaptor Issues

    Hello all,

    I just purchased the Netgear WNDA3100 adaptor and used ndiswrapper to pull in the bcmwlhigh5.inf windows driver. It looks like I'm almost there, but I can't tell why it's not working.

    Code:
    $ lsusb
    Bus 001 Device 003: ID 0846:9011 NetGear, Inc. WNDA3100v2 802.11abgn [Broadcom BCM4323]
    and

    Code:
    $ ndiswrapper -l
    bcmn43xx64 : driver installed
    	device (0846:9011) present
    look good. But if

    Code:
    $ iwconfig 
    lo        no wireless extensions.
    
    wlan0     IEEE 802.11bgn  ESSID:"Wireless-N(2.4G)"  
              Mode:Managed  Frequency:2.462 GHz  Access Point: 00:E0:4C:81:96:D1   
              Bit Rate=9 Mb/s   Tx-Power=20 dBm   
              Retry  long limit:7   RTS thr:off   Fragment thr:off
              Power Management:on
              Link Quality=41/70  Signal level=-69 dBm  
              Rx invalid nwid:0  Rx invalid crypt:0  Rx invalid frag:0
              Tx excessive retries:301  Invalid misc:182   Missed beacon:0
    
    eth0      no wireless extensions.
    shows my old wireless (wlan0). I've been having issues with the onboard wireless card which is why I bought the new one. Any thoughts on why I'm not seeing a wlan1?

    Thanks so much for the help!

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    Re: Netgear N600 WNDA3100 USB Wireless Adaptor Issues

    I suggest you blacklist the driver for the built-in, reboot and try again. I'd also check the message files:
    Code:
    dmesg | grep ndis
    This is tricky to get going in 64-bit.
    Last edited by chili555; September 3rd, 2012 at 08:22 PM.
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    Re: Netgear N600 WNDA3100 USB Wireless Adaptor Issues

    Thanks for the note. In the meantime, I determined the ndiswrapper didn't seem to be loaded in the kernel, so I did the kernel dance:


    Code:
    apt-get install ndiswrapper-source
    cd /usr/src
    m-a prepare
    m-a a-i ndiswrapper
    modprobe ndiswrapper
    and now I see the wlan1 in iwconfig. All seems to be working.

    Sorry to come back with an answer to my own question, but thought I'd post it here for others to learn from my stupidities.

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    Re: Netgear N600 WNDA3100 USB Wireless Adaptor Issues

    I am in the same boat trying to load this on 12.4 64 bit. I followed your instructions but cannot see anything.Any other ideas? See my output below:

    $ lsusb
    Bus 001 Device 003: ID 0846:9011 NetGear, Inc. WNDA3100v2 802.11abgn [Broadcom BCM4323]

    $ ndiswrapper -l
    bcmwlhigh6 : driver installed
    device (0846:9011) present

    $ iwconfig
    lo no wireless extensions.

    eth1 no wireless extensions.

    Lots of "unknown symbol" messages. This is a partial view.

    $ dmesg | grep ndis

    [ 90.960656] ndiswrapper (import:232): unknown symbol: WDFLDR.SYS:'WdfVersionUnbind'
    [ 90.960658] ndiswrapper (load_sys_files:199): couldn't prepare driver 'bcmwlhigh6'
    [ 90.960715] ndiswrapper (load_wrap_driver:121): couldn't load driver 'bcmwlhigh6'
    [ 90.960743] usbcore: registered new interface driver ndiswrapper

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    Re: Netgear N600 WNDA3100 USB Wireless Adaptor Issues

    Getting this working for 64-bit is tricky. I suggest you erase the bcmwlhigh6 you have now and try bcmn43xx64.inf in the package I attached. Post back if you need additional guidance.

    If there are any problems, please let us see the relevant dmesg logs again.
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    Re: Netgear N600 WNDA3100 USB Wireless Adaptor Issues

    I did some more digging as was able to get this to work.I pulled a driver from another post which worked while the windows driver did not. It is attached if anyone else needs to use it.(Thank you Chili555) The original post is below.

    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.p...light=wnda3100
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    Re: Netgear N600 WNDA3100 USB Wireless Adaptor Issues

    Good sirs, you are as Gods among men. chili555's drivers worked perfectly on my Ubuntu x64 12.04 installation for my

    0846:9011 NetGear, Inc. WNDA3100v2 802.11abgn [Broadcom BCM4323]

    After installing the ndisgtk and dkms-ndiswrapper packages through apt-get. Thank you for your time and effort.

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    Re: Netgear N600 WNDA3100 USB Wireless Adaptor Issues

    Mr chili555:
    Thank you for the 64-bit driver.

    Works on kali linux (3.7-trunk-amd64-gnome3.4.2) hosted on VMWare Fusion 4.1.3 (OSX 10.8)
    Recomplied ndiswrapper from source to 1.58 and bam! iwconfig shows wlan0!!!!

    Now I finnaly have WiFi on my 64-bit distros....Thank you again!

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    Re: Netgear N600 WNDA3100 USB Wireless Adaptor Issues

    Awesome! Glad it's working!
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    Re: Netgear N600 WNDA3100 USB Wireless Adaptor Issues

    Hi i also have a n600 usb adapter. the driver are install but the ndiswrapper does not reconize the hardware. How do i fix this? I am runing 12.04 lts

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