February 25, 2015

Where do I find a ubuntu driver for a USB WIFI adapter?

I have ubuntu 14.10 (no other OS on this computer) and a Netgear a6210 (ac1200) USB WIFI adapter. I can't seem to get the adapter installed. lsusb yields information that the device is plugged in:

Bus 001 Device 006: ID 0846:9053 NetGear, Inc.

But this is as far as I can get. I contacted NetGear's help line, and they directed me here. So, How do I get this adapter to work ?!?

There's (afaik) no native linux driver for that hardware. But you can use the...

There's (afaik) no native linux driver for that hardware. But you can use the 'ndiswrapper' package to use the windows driver in linux.
Detailed instructions on how to set ndiswrapper up can be found here:
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/WifiDocs/Driver/Ndiswrapper
Hope this will help.

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Short answer: Your Mediatek chipset wifi device is not supported by a Linux...

Short answer: Your Mediatek chipset wifi device is not supported by a Linux driver.

Longer answer: This reference here provides more details. It even shows some sparce details on how to compile a Mediatek suppiled source file driver against your installed kernel headers. However, this is beyond your capabilities until you transition from "beginner" to "intermediate" level Linux skills. This linux.org reference confirms the lack of linux support and suggests alternative products. You can follow a couple of links there to confirm the lack of support.

Back to the earlier link, look for this phrase at the top of the page: "Ubuntu Windows Wireless Drivers application wants a .inf file". I believe what they are aluding to, but do not follow up on, is using the windows driver, an .inf file, in Linux. It is possible to use the windows wireless drivers via ndiswrapper. It sounds like ubuntu has a graphical front end to ndiswrapper. Search on "ndiswrapper" to read more background. Then, try to use the ubuntu graphical front end to install the windows driver. I have one old Linux machine with ndiswrapper using a windows driver.

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