I'm trying to install the netgear wna1000m on ubuntu10.04.

lsusb shows the netgear with the same output that the original poster got.

After running through the instructions for installing the kernel module, lsmod lists the rtlwifi modules.

However, when the netgear usb device is inserted, I get this back from dmesg:

Code:
[ 1513.316272] usb 2-5: new high speed USB device using ehci_hcd and address 4
[ 1513.452156] usb 2-5: configuration #1 chosen from 1 choice
[ 1513.542770] rtl8192cu: MAC address: c4:3d:c7:76:94:92
[ 1513.542782] rtl8192cu: Board Type 0
[ 1513.549483] rtl8192cu:rtl92cu_init_sw_vars():<0-0> Failed to request firmware!
[ 1513.549492] rtlwifi:rtl_usb_probe():<0-0> Can't init_sw_vars.
Also, you keep asking people to list /lib/firmware/rtlwifi, but that directory doesn't exist for me. So that's no doubt why it can't request the firmware. I just don't know how to fix it...

Thanks in advance!