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    Netgear N-300/ WNA3100 USB Adapter for Ubuntu 14.04

    I Have a dell optiplex 755 and it has XP im trying to upgrade to Ubuntu 14.04 32 bit. I have been using a distro and have not completely installed because I can not get the Wifi to work what so ever and this is a deal breaker even though I like everything else. I am using a netgear router/modem and a netgear usb adapter to pick up wifi. I am very new to linux all together and I am very slow with it currently but I have spent hours on this issue and nothing has helped, please help me. the dongle is a wireless N-300 and model number is WNA3100 and I dont not know where I would find the chipset info?

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    Re: Netgear N-300/ WNA3100 USB Adapter for Ubuntu 14.04

    Please check
    Code:
    lsusb

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    Re: Netgear N-300/ WNA3100 USB Adapter for Ubuntu 14.04

    I am new an I assume you mean press Ctrl+Alt+T and then enter lusb and press enter if so this is what I got:

    ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ lsusb
    Bus 002 Device 003: ID 0930:6545 Toshiba Corp. Kingston DataTraveler 102 Flash Drive / HEMA Flash Drive 2 GB / PNY Attache 4GB Stick
    Bus 002 Device 002: ID 0781:5571 SanDisk Corp. Cruzer Fit
    Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
    Bus 007 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 006 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 001 Device 004: ID 0846:9020 NetGear, Inc. WNA3100(v1) Wireless-N 300 [Broadcom BCM43231]
    Bus 001 Device 002: ID 03f0:5307 Hewlett-Packard
    Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
    Bus 004 Device 002: ID 046d:c52b Logitech, Inc. Unifying Receiver
    Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    ubuntu@ubuntu:~$

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    Re: Netgear N-300/ WNA3100 USB Adapter for Ubuntu 14.04

    Right, well done:

    Code:
     Bus 001 Device 004: ID 0846:9020 NetGear, Inc. WNA3100(v1) Wireless-N 300 [Broadcom BCM43231]
    Thats the one. Broadcom-USB-sticks only work with ndiswrapper and the corresponding windows driver:

    Install it via:
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install ndisgtk ndiswrapper-dkms dkms linux-headers-generic build-essential
    The driver can be found here:
    http://media.cdn.ubuntu-de.org/forum...4bit_v2.tar.gz
    Unpack it and install the respective *.INF file via the "Windows-WLAN-tool"

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    Re: Netgear N-300/ WNA3100 USB Adapter for Ubuntu 14.04

    I used your code and downloaded the link but what is the windows-wlan-tool?

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    Re: Netgear N-300/ WNA3100 USB Adapter for Ubuntu 14.04

    Search for WLAN in the "dash".

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    Re: Netgear N-300/ WNA3100 USB Adapter for Ubuntu 14.04

    I know being such a newbie I am a pain but I assume the place your suggesting I search is the top left hand corner button and when I click it and search for WLAN nothing pops up for that do I need to download this tool in the software center?

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    Re: Netgear N-300/ WNA3100 USB Adapter for Ubuntu 14.04

    You can also install the driver via terminal. Unpack the driver to "Downloads" and run

    For 32bit:

    Code:
    sudo ndiswrapper -i ~/Downloads/Broadcom_bcm43xx_USB_32_64bit_v2/bcmn43xx32.inf
    For 64bit:

    Code:
    sudo ndiswrapper -i ~/Downloads/Broadcom_bcm43xx_USB_32_64bit_v2/bcmn43xx64.inf
    Load the driver:
    Code:
    sudo modprobe -v ndiswrapper
    sudo ndiswrapper -ma
    dmesg | grep ndis
    lsmod
    iwconfig
    ndiswrapper -l # thats a small L

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    Re: Netgear N-300/ WNA3100 USB Adapter for Ubuntu 14.04

    Thank you you are a UBUNTU Genius and your help was much appreciated

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    Re: Netgear N-300/ WNA3100 USB Adapter for Ubuntu 14.04

    Just joined to say thanks for this, also. Same problem, same solution.

    Long time amateur Ubuntu user.

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