[SOLVED] Wifi connection using Linksys wusb54gs or wmp54g

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[SOLVED] Wifi connection using Linksys wusb54gs or wmp54g

Postby eejd on Sun Dec 09, 2012 2:00 am

Newbie Q:

Problem – accessing home wifi.

Hw setup:
Pentium 4; 1.5G RAM; IDE HDD; running on Intel MB d865glc. A bland, old, and tired PC.
Internet access provided by ATT Uverse with modem/router/wifi combo box.
Mint 14 Cinnamon 32bit
Runs fine. Internet access works well with wired connection to the ATT box.

Goal:
I would like to get either one of the following two wifi devices to work (and remove the wired connection):
Linksys wusb54gs v1 (usb connected wifi adaptor; the preferred device); or
Linksys wmp54g v1.1 (pci card).

Problem 1 (WUSB54GS)
When I connect Linksys WUSB54G (version 1), an external wifi adaptor (via USB), a dialog box pops up requesting the encryption key.
When I enter the encryption key (the key works under WinXP and Win7), it fails to connect and, after a few seconds, the same dialog box pops up requesting the encryption key. This is repeated.
Since the encryption key dialog box pops up, I assume that Mint 14 has detected the adaptor and detected that there is a wifi to connect to.
It just will not connect, even with the encryption key. I double, triple checked to make sure that I am using the correct key.
Is this some settings issue?

Problem 2 (WMP54G)
Mint 14 does not recognize the pci card.
I searched Mint forums and found the following link:
http://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?f=90&t=81996&p=475967&hilit=broadcom+mint+11+4306#p475967

Per the forum posts, I used the Software Manager to install the following (using wired Internet access):
b43-fwcutter
firmware-b43-lpphy-installer
firmware-b43legacy-installer

Reboot, but no change (not recognizing the WMP54G card).

How do install the drivers/programs I downloaded? I cannot even find the files that were downloaded.

For example, when I open System Tools / Administration / Wireless Network Drivers, I cannot even find the downloaded drivers in the list, and I do not know where to go to find these drivers?

Sorry for a lame newbie question.

Summary:
It looks to me that Problem 1 is more easily solved since it looks like the system is at least recognizing the device and detecting the presence of the local wifi. But what do I know? Not much.

Thanks for your help.

James C.
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Re: Wifi connection using Linksys wusb54gs or wmp54g

Postby caf4926 on Sun Dec 09, 2012 2:05 am

Can we assume you are using WPA2 security?
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Re: Wifi connection using Linksys wusb54gs or wmp54g

Postby eejd on Mon Dec 10, 2012 3:46 pm

Yes, WPA2 Personal.
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Re: Wifi connection using Linksys wusb54gs or wmp54g

Postby caf4926 on Mon Dec 10, 2012 11:40 pm

1. Should work. If you do 'Show Password' your sure it's correct?

2. The broadcom drivers, assuming you correctly identified the device, using your wired connection:
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sudo apt-get install firmware-b43-installer


Sometimes it's necessary to do the following
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sudo modprobe -rv b43

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sudo modprobe -v b43


You can read about the devices here: http://wireless.kernel.org/en/users/Drivers/b43

You can identify yours with
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lspci -nnk | grep -iA2 net
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Re: Wifi connection using Linksys wusb54gs or wmp54g [SOLVE

Postby eejd on Thu Dec 20, 2012 4:46 pm

Thank you for your help caf4926.

1. Should work. If you do 'Show Password' your sure it's correct?


Yes, I did. No, it still will not work; however, the second solution worked.

2. The broadcom drivers, assuming you correctly identified the device, using your wired connection:
sudo apt-get install firmware-b43-installer


Worked. No need for other steps that you listed.

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