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    Airlink 101 USB Wireless on Ubuntu 9.10

    Howdy All,

    So I recently obtained a USB wifi card, an Airlink 101 USB device. When I attach it to my Ubuntu system it is recognized by the network manager and it can see my wifi network - however it is unable to connect. When I enter the passcode for my wifi it spins trying to connect and then spits it back to me telling me I need to reenter the password after a few moments - I am 100% sure the password is correct. I tried the device on two different Ubuntu systems (one 32bit and one 64bit) and achieved the same results on each.

    I can confirm the wifi itself works as I am typing from my laptop connected to it as we speak...

    ~Jeff

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    Re: Airlink 101 USB Wireless on Ubuntu 9.10

    Not sure if it is a solution but read here somewhere that you can try right click on the network icon and select edit connections,select wireless,select add and re-setup your wireless with the needed info, reboot and then try connecting with the new connection.

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    Re: Airlink 101 USB Wireless on Ubuntu 9.10

    Quote Originally Posted by PRC09 View Post
    Not sure if it is a solution but read here somewhere that you can try right click on the network icon and select edit connections,select wireless,select add and re-setup your wireless with the needed info, reboot and then try connecting with the new connection.
    Tried every hat trick like this I could think of - no good.

    Any other ideas? I really need this wifi card to work and trying to avoid going back to Win7 as the solution.

    Regards,
    ~Jeff

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    Re: Airlink 101 USB Wireless on Ubuntu 9.10

    I think I've gained some insight into why the Wireless card does not connect properly - for some reason when I do an lsusb it lists the card as an atheros device even though it is a ralink chipset... Could this be causing the kernel to be using the wrong driver for the card? If so how do I go about telling my system that it is actually a different card than has been automatically recognized?

    Regards,
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    Re: Airlink 101 USB Wireless on Ubuntu 9.10

    Try this command:
    Code:
    lshw -c network
    This will list the network hardware information.

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    Re: Airlink 101 USB Wireless on Ubuntu 9.10

    so what does

    lsusb
    give you, Jeff?

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    Re: Airlink 101 USB Wireless on Ubuntu 9.10

    Sorry for the delay, output of the two suggested commands:
    Code:
    oem@mintmedia ~ $ lsusb
    Bus 002 Device 004: ID 0bda:0158 Realtek Semiconductor Corp. Mass Stroage Device
    Bus 002 Device 003: ID 0ecd:a100 Lite-On IT Corp. LDW-411SX DVD/CD Rewritable Drive
    Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
    Bus 004 Device 002: ID 046d:c512 Logitech, Inc. LX-700 Cordless Desktop Receiver
    Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 003 Device 002: ID 0471:0815 Philips eHome Infrared Receiver
    Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 001 Device 004: ID 0421:01c8 Nokia Mobile Phones 
    Bus 001 Device 003: ID 14b2:3c27 Atheros Communications Inc 
    Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
    oem@mintmedia ~ $ lshw -c network
    WARNING: you should run this program as super-user.
    ^CI (sysfs)  
    oem@mintmedia ~ $ sudo lshw -c network
    [sudo] password for oem: 
    SCSI
    Ideas/suggestions? As you can see lsusb lists the card as an Atheros device, however when I install the drivers for it on Windows it installs ralink chipset drivers...

    Regards,
    ~Jeff

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    Re: Airlink 101 USB Wireless on Ubuntu 9.10

    Perhaps if you let
    Code:
    lshw -c network
    complete, we can see the detail product model/id.

    Note:
    There is no need to run it with "sudo"; just ignore the complaint.

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    Re: Airlink 101 USB Wireless on Ubuntu 9.10; yes, seems it is ralink

    if you do a google search on

    ubuntu 14b2:3c27 Atheros Communications Inc
    you get some curious things;

    http://lists.plug.phoenix.az.us/lurk...b2c01a.ja.html

    perhaps explains your atheros ralink dichotomy

    the post above on fedora did yum install rt2870

    then iwconfig and got

    ra0 RT2870 Wireless ESSID:"" Nickname:"RT2870STA"
    Mode:Auto Frequency=2.462 GHz Access Point: 00:18:02:78:B3:F3
    Bit Rate=150 Mb/s
    RTS thrff Fragment thrff
    Link Quality=70/100 Signal level:-88 dBm Noise level:-97 dBm
    Rx invalid nwid:0 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid frag:0
    Tx excessive retries:0 Invalid misc:0 Missed beacon:0
    you can read the rest of his post

    you may well have the rt2870 advice at your fingertips; this post seems to be recommended for those wishing to read it

    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.p...ght=peepingtom
    Last edited by pdc; February 2nd, 2010 at 10:06 AM.

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    Re: Airlink 101 USB Wireless on Ubuntu 9.10

    Quote Originally Posted by chewearn View Post
    Perhaps if you let
    Code:
    lshw -c network
    complete, we can see the detail product model/id.
    Sorry about that, it hung the first time so I thought it was finished. Here is the output after I let it complete:
    Code:
    oem@mintmedia ~ $ lshw -c network
    WARNING: you should run this program as super-user.
      *-network               
           description: Ethernet interface
           product: MCP77 Ethernet
           vendor: nVidia Corporation
           physical id: a
           bus info: pci@0000:00:0a.0
           logical name: eth0
           version: a2
           serial: 00:1d:72:a1:5b:6c
           width: 32 bits
           clock: 66MHz
           capabilities: bus_master cap_list ethernet physical
           configuration: broadcast=yes driver=forcedeth driverversion=0.64 latency=0 maxlatency=20 mingnt=1 multicast=yes
           resources: irq:28 memory:fe02b000-fe02bfff ioport:d800(size=8) memory:fe02a000-fe02a0ff memory:fe029000-fe02900f
      *-network
           description: Wireless interface
           physical id: 3
           logical name: wlan0
           serial: 00:1d:6a:47:cb:cf
           capabilities: ethernet physical wireless
           configuration: broadcast=yes multicast=yes wireless=IEEE 802.11bgn
    Like I said - Ubuntu can see my wireless network however it cannot actually connect to it for what ever reason :-/

    @pdc Going to look into that link you posted thanks.

    ~Jeff

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