[HOW TO] Network drivers installation Netgear WNA3100

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[HOW TO] Network drivers installation Netgear WNA3100

Postby Outpox on Mon Mar 19, 2012 1:11 pm

Hello,
This is a tutorial explaining how to install drivers for the Netgeat WNA3100.
I did not make the files, I've just written the followings instructions. Files belong to their respectufull owners.

1. Open a terminal and :
~ $ cd Desktop
~ $ mkdir netgear

2. Copy and extract "2612284-Broadcom_bcm43xx_USB_32_64bit_v2.tar.gz" and "ndiswrapper-1.57.tar.gz" in the new directory you've just created
(assuming both .tar.gz files are in /netgear/)
~ $ tar xvf ndiswrapper-1.57.tar.gz
~ $ tar xvf 2612284-Broadcom_bcm43xx_USB_32_64bit_v2.tar.gz

3. Install drivers following the instruction file or :
~ $ cd ndiswrapper-1.57
~ $ sudo su
# make uninstall
# make
# make install
# cd ../2612284-Broadcom_bcm43xx_USB_32_64bit_v2
# ndiswrapper -i bcmn43xx32.inf "or bcmn43xx64.inf if you are on x64 version, but both works on x64

4. You could have errors but it's not important.
# modprobe ndiswrapper

Download : http://outpox.free.fr/Downloads/Netgear ... int.tar.gz

I hope it will help someone else than me when I'll reinstall :p
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Re: [HOW TO] Network drivers installation Netgear WNA3100

Postby remoulder on Mon Mar 19, 2012 8:01 pm

None of this is necessary in linuxmint, you should just use the Windows Wireless Drivers applet. Users should be wary of downloading unknown drivers from an unknown site.
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[Edit] your original post and add [SOLVED] once your question is resolved.

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Re: [HOW TO] Network drivers installation Netgear WNA3100

Postby AlbertP on Tue Mar 20, 2012 5:48 am

@ remoulder: This USB dongle needs ndiswrapper - it's a Broadcom 43231. So downloading drivers is necessary, but indeed compiling ndiswrapper yourself isn't as it should come with Mint.

@ Outpox: Can't you just use the Windows Wireless Drivers program to add the .inf file(s) instead of compiling ndiswrapper?
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Re: [HOW TO] Network drivers installation Netgear WNA3100

Postby remoulder on Tue Mar 20, 2012 7:52 am

AlbertP wrote:This USB dongle needs ndiswrapper

Albert, guess my comment wasn't clear I just meant the procedure not the driver, edited.
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Re: [HOW TO] Network drivers installation Netgear WNA3100

Postby RealityBall on Wed Aug 29, 2012 11:48 pm

Thank you very much for this tutorial! It helped me get my wireless usb set up in no time! I thought it took long when having to compile programs manually but I suppose it depends on the program. This worked right away. :D
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Re: [HOW TO] Network drivers installation Netgear WNA3100

Postby systmfdwn147 on Wed Sep 12, 2012 8:36 pm

Thank you very much for this. Just one problem I ran into: anytime I shut my computer off or restart it I have to reload the drivers otherwise it will not work. Any way around this?
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Re: [HOW TO] Network drivers installation Netgear WNA3100

Postby codiddle on Sun Jan 06, 2013 10:26 am

There is a way around that... I just found a SUPER HELPFUL post on your mint forums. I'm here from Crunchbang... but this should work. First, decide which text editor you use. Usually it'll be gedit, but I personally use Geany. so open the Terminal and type:
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sudo gedit /etc/modules

Then at the bottom add the code:
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ndiswrapper

That it! It should boot up with the ndiswrapper thingie loaded.
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Re: [HOW TO] Network drivers installation Netgear WNA3100

Postby toutankhamoun.c on Sat Jan 19, 2013 1:04 pm

Hi, i have a syslink AE2500 and i have problem to activate the monitor mode( need it for my work) and the speed it self is 1/3 slower
and when i try "modprobe ndiswrapper" i have no result .. and when i try
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#sudo airmon-ng start wlan1


Found 5 processes that could cause trouble.
If airodump-ng, aireplay-ng or airtun-ng stops working after
a short period of time, you may want to kill (some of) them!

PID   Name
592   avahi-daemon
594   avahi-daemon
795   NetworkManager
891   wpa_supplicant
3747   dhclient
Process with PID 3747 (dhclient) is running on interface wlan0


Interface   Chipset      Driver

wlan0      Unknown    rt2800pci - [phy0]
wlan1      Unknown      ndiswrapper (MONITOR MODE NOT SUPPORTED)

i tryed like 6 guides and it doesnt work .. and poster in a lot of forums ..so can anybody help me with this please
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Re: [HOW TO] Network drivers installation Netgear WNA3100

Postby AlbertP on Sun Jan 20, 2013 9:12 am

Since you do not have a Netgear WNA3100 please open a new topic.

Also ndiswrapper only makes sense if you are using a Windows driver loaded using Windows Wireless Drivers. But in your case I see the native Linux driver for Ralink wifi is already active.
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Re: [HOW TO] Network drivers installation Netgear WNA3100

Postby zerozero on Sun Jan 20, 2013 9:32 am

Albert,
the above request is not related with wireless issues but with the usage of aircrack.ng, not supported in these forums.
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Re: [HOW TO] Network drivers installation Netgear WNA3100

Postby countryranger83 on Sun May 19, 2013 7:52 am

Does anyone have a better URL or the actual file for Broadcom_bcm43xx_USB_32_64bit_v2.tar.gz The link above appears to be broken... and in french.
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Re: [HOW TO] Network drivers installation Netgear WNA3100

Postby AlbertP on Sun May 19, 2013 9:53 am

On this page are a few Windows drivers for this device for download: http://wikidevi.com/wiki/Netgear_WNA3100

Usually Windows XP drivers work best with ndiswrapper, but those two packages might not include a 64-bit driver.
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Re: [HOW TO] Network drivers installation Netgear WNA3100

Postby devjacks on Wed Jun 26, 2013 12:08 pm

I have been trying to setup my Netgear WNA3100 usb wifi dongle for about week and the connection has been really touch and go. Got it working but it takes long to connect to a WPA2 encrypted network at home.

After a suggestion on a local forum (South Africa) I bought a Toto-Link N150UA dongle and this one was literally plug and play. Found my network and connected immediately after entering the password.

This is the lsusb of my device to show you the chipset:

Bus 002 Device 005: ID 148f:3070 Ralink Technology, Corp. RT2870/RT3070 Wireless Adapter

Dont even try NetGear, go for a dongle of this chipset or just get the Toto-Link N150UA, or other compatible chipsets, it will solve a world of headaches
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Re: [HOW TO] Network drivers installation Netgear WNA3100

Postby AlbertP on Wed Jun 26, 2013 1:42 pm

Netgear or not does not matter. Manufacturers like Netgear get their wifi chips from a variety of different manufacturers: Atheros, Broadcom, Ralink, Realtek for example. Linux-incompatible chips like this Broadcom one can be encountered in wifi dongles from all manufacturers; likewise, there are also plenty of Netgear devices that use another chip which does work with Linux.
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Re: [HOW TO] Network drivers installation Netgear WNA3100

Postby mikrokernel on Tue Feb 11, 2014 9:17 am

Hi guys, I can not connect with WPA2 security :-(
It also happens to you?
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