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Netgear N900 WNDA4100 Drivers

Postby RevelationIV on Wed Sep 11, 2013 8:52 pm

I've recently installed Linux Mint 15, and it will not recognize a Netgear N900 WNDA4100 wireless USB adapter. I've tried installing the Linux drivers from a tar.bz2. sudo make gave a few errors. sudo make install went flawlessly. I restarted it and Linux still fails to recognize it within connection settings.
I'm using Linux Mint 15, MATE with a GNOME enviroment.

Thanks in advance for any help!
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Re: Netgear N900 WNDA4100 Drivers

Postby grumpus on Thu Sep 26, 2013 11:43 am

This is the text instructions gleaned from a couple of Ubuntu posts.
I've been running the Netgear N900 for a good while now on Fedora18, Ubuntu 12.4.03 and Linux Mint 14 with no issues except for the re-install after updated kernels. Some of this you may have already performed but it's there for the record. There is also an update sequence for re-insatll after a kernel update which I dod not use as this simple method, once the files are established seems to hold very well.
You may need to edit a file to make sure it's installed properly, maybe the following will help.
You may have to turn networking on, make sure airplane mode is off and allow wireless in order for it to light up.

Re: WNDA 4100 (NetGear N900) Wireless Dual Band USB Adapter

You will need to download and compile rt3573sta and make a few changes. Can you get a wired ethernet connection even temporarily? If not, we can still compile, but it will be a bit difficult. If you can hook up an ethernet cable and get a connection, open a terminal and do:
Code:

sudo apt-get install linux-headers-generic build-essential

Go here http://www.wikidevi.com/wiki/Netgear_WNDA4100 and download the package for rt3573sta. Get it to your desktop so we can find it. Right-click it and select Extract Here. Open the folder that appears called Linux and select the DPO version. Right-click it and select Extract Here. Now we will make some changes to it. Drill down to os/linux/config.mk. Open the file with a text editor and make these changes:
** Build for being controlled by NetworkManager or wpa_supplicant wext functions
Please set 'HAS_WPA_SUPPLICANT=y' and 'HAS_NATIVE_WPA_SUPPLICANT_SUPPORT=y'.
In other words, change the =n to =y in those two lines. Proofread very carefully, save and close the text editor.

Open the file common/rtusb_dev_id.c with any text editor, such as gedit. Add a line as I've highlighted:
Code:

#endif /* RT35xx */
#ifdef RT3573
{USB_DEVICE(0x148F,0x3573)}, /* Ralink 3573 */
{USB_DEVICE(0x7392,0x7733)}, /* Edimax */
{USB_DEVICE(0x0846,0x9012)}, /* Netgear */
{USB_DEVICE(0x0B05,0x17AD)}, /*ASUS */
#endif /* RT3573 */
{ }/* Terminating entry */

All other lines before and after are unchanged. Punctuation, spelling, spacing, etc. are crucial so proofread very carefully, save and close the text editor.

Now we're ready to compile. Open a terminal and do:
Code:

cd Desktop/Linux/DPO

Press Tab and the remainder will fill in automagiaclly. Press Enter. Now do:
Code:

sudo su
make
make install
modprobe rt3573sta
exit

Caution here: Left this off before as it may wash the driver setup for earlier kernels in an optional boot list.
AFTER KERNEL IMAGE UPDATE - Re compile
Code:
cd Desktop/Linux/DPO

Press Tab and the remainder will fill in automagically. Press Enter. Now do:
Code:
sudo su
make clean
make
make install
modprobe rt3573sta
exit
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