Driver for NETGEAR AC 1200 / A 6210 wifi adaptor?

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Driver for NETGEAR AC 1200 / A 6210 wifi adaptor?

Postby Lighthouse Boy » Thu Aug 13, 2015 4:27 pm

Hi,
I have just got a Netgear AC 1200 / A6210 wifi adaptor.LInux Mint Cinnamon does not recognise it straight away like it did with my old adaptor (which broke).

I tried clicking on the exe file on the discv that came with it. A box came up and disappeared in a microsecond, so could not read what it said.

I've searched the web for a driver but with no success.

Please can someone explain - in simle terms (I'm not that bright) where I can find a driver, or what I should do to make it work.

Thanks in advance.

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Re: Driver for NETGEAR AC 1200 / A 6210 wifi adaptor?

Postby Pjotr » Thu Aug 13, 2015 4:42 pm

Please generate an overview of your system like this:
- launch a terminal window and make it full screen, to avoid chopped lines;
- copy/paste this command into the terminal:

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inxi -Fxz

(if you type: the letter F is a capital letter)

Press Enter.

Copy/paste the output in your next message.
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Re: Driver for NETGEAR AC 1200 / A 6210 wifi adaptor?

Postby Lighthouse Boy » Mon Aug 17, 2015 6:19 pm

Hi there :)

Sorry for the delay. Until I get this sorted, I'm not online all the time...

This is what I got when I entered the command (copied and pasted)...

mark@mark-HP-Compaq-dx2200-MT ~ $ inxi Fxz
CPU~Single core Intel Pentium 4 CPU (-HT-) clocked at 3200.099 Mhz Kernel~3.16.0-38-generic i686 Up~1 day Mem~611.8/1382.4MB HDD~140.0GB(75.2% used) Procs~155 Client~Shell inxi~1.9.17
mark@mark-HP-Compaq-dx2200-MT ~ $

Thanks in advance once again :)

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Re: Driver for NETGEAR AC 1200 / A 6210 wifi adaptor?

Postby phd21 » Mon Aug 17, 2015 7:19 pm

Hi Lighthouse Boy,

1. That is not the full results of the command "inxi -Fxz", you did not use the dash... Still need the full results of "inxi -Fxz" and "lsusb" from your terminal with the adapter plugged in.

2. Here is some information from what I quickly researched:

Not 100% sure, but It seems that Netgear is not supporting Linux (see #3 below), but any Wifi adapter that does support Linux should work with any wifi router, including Netgear routers. Below this is a link to Amazon.com which shows some WiFi dual band AC adapters that are compatible with Linux (read reviews; I would recommend ones that have a higher speed than 300 mbps because Dual band AC should be faster than that on 5ghz band, some advertise 800+mpbs, 1200+ mbps, etc...) Obviously, the Adapters in the Amazon.com links below can be purchased elsewhere too, like Best Buy, Target, Office Supply stores, etc... (Amazon.com has great prices too!)

"usb wifi ac adapter linux" on Amazon.com
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=sr_nr_p_72_0?fst=as%3Aoff&rh=n%3A172282%2Ck%3Ausb+wifi+ac+adapter+linux%2Cp_72%3A1248879011&keywords=usb+wifi+ac+adapter+linux&ie=UTF8&qid=1439853186&rnid=1248877011

Dual Band Antenna 802.11AC 1200Mbps USB 3.0 with WPS Wireless WiFi for Win Linux Network Adapter 2.4G 5.8G 6DBI Antenna
http://www.amazon.com/Antenna-802-11AC-1200Mbps-Wireless-Network/dp/B00W3C0544/ref=sr_1_7?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1439853238&sr=1-7&keywords=usb+wifi+ac+adapter+linux&refinements=p_72%3A1248879011

Linksys Dual-Band AC1200 Wireless USB 3.0 Adapter (WUSB6300)
http://www.amazon.com/Linksys-Dual-Band-Wireless-Adapter-WUSB6300/dp/B00EDOG8NC/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1439853929&sr=1-1&keywords=WUSB6300

3. Articles / posts on the Netgear hardware you mentioned:

From Feb '2015 Re: Netgear AC1200 Dual Band Wi-Fi USB 3.0 Adapter
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2265150

Have not received a response form Mediatek.

Did get a response from Netgear about the problem and asking if I had the right chipset info:
Response from NETGEAR
"Hi David,

I have looked into your case and I apologize, but we are not in the position to disclose that since it is considered proprietary information. Moreover, our adapters only work with Windows and MAC OS and do not support Linux OS.

I suggest that you return the device to the store for a replacement.

Again, thank you for choosing NETGEAR."


Returned it and bought a Linksys AC1200 model WUSB6300 which is now installed and running fine.

Close case.


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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Re: Driver for NETGEAR AC 1200 / A 6210 wifi adaptor?

Postby Lighthouse Boy » Sat Aug 22, 2015 6:39 pm

Here is the full info....

mark@mark-HP-Compaq-dx2200-MT ~ $ inxi -Fxz
System: Host: mark-HP-Compaq-dx2200-MT Kernel: 3.16.0-38-generic i686 (32 bit, gcc: 4.8.2)
Desktop: Cinnamon 2.6.11 Distro: Linux Mint 17.2 Rafaela
Machine: System: Hewlett-Packard product: HP Compaq dx2200 MT
Mobo: MSI model: 0A48 Bios: Phoenix version: MS7254 1.05 date: 08/14/2006
CPU: Single core Intel Pentium 4 CPU (-HT-) cache: 1024 KB flags: (lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3) bmips: 6398.85
Clock Speeds: 1: 3199.429 MHz 2: 3199.429 MHz
Graphics: Card: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD/ATI] RC410 [Radeon Xpress 200/1100] bus-ID: 01:05.0
X.Org: 1.15.1 drivers: ati,radeon (unloaded: fbdev,vesa) Resolution: 1024x768@60.0hz
GLX Renderer: Gallium 0.4 on ATI RC410 GLX Version: 2.1 Mesa 10.1.3 Direct Rendering: Yes
Audio: Card-1: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD/ATI] IXP SB4x0 High Definition Audio Controller
driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:14.2
Card-2: Microsoft driver: USB Audio usb-ID: 002-004
Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture ver: k3.16.0-38-generic
Network: Card-1: Realtek RTL-8100/8101L/8139 PCI Fast Ethernet Adapter
driver: 8139too ver: 0.9.28 port: de00 bus-ID: 02:03.0
IF: eth0 state: down mac: <filter>
Card-2: NetGear usb-ID: 001-012
IF: N/A state: N/A speed: N/A duplex: N/A mac: N/A
Drives: HDD Total Size: 80.0GB (66.9% used) 1: id: /dev/sda model: ST3808110AS size: 80.0GB
Partition: ID: / size: 16G used: 4.2G (29%) fs: ext4 ID: swap-1 size: 0.94GB used: 0.02GB (2%) fs: swap
RAID: No RAID devices detected - /proc/mdstat and md_mod kernel raid module present
Sensors: None detected - is lm-sensors installed and configured?
Info: Processes: 151 Uptime: 1 day Memory: 575.5/1382.4MB Runlevel: 2 Gcc sys: 4.8.2
Client: Shell (bash 4.3.11) inxi: 1.9.17
mark@mark-HP-Compaq-dx2200-MT ~ $


I now have a second wifi adaptor, which I can't get to work eithor (I've made a separate thread about that. It was not even plugged in when I did this, but, it still showed up.

Preferably, I'd like to get online with this (Netgear) one.

Thanks for the replies/links etc....a little above my head I'm afraid.

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Re: Driver for NETGEAR AC 1200 / A 6210 wifi adaptor?

Postby Julian_Materna » Thu Dec 31, 2015 12:46 pm

I had the same problem, but i was able to solve it (not completely).

There is a driver available on git: https://github.com/jurobystricky/Netgear-A6210
You need root for this (sudo) as well as make, cmake and build-essentials!

1. Open up a terminal and change to a directory you like to keep things tidied up.

2. Do a git clone:

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sudo git clone https://github.com/jurobystricky/Netgear-A6210


3. Change into subdirectory Netgear-A6210

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cd Netgear-A6210


4.

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sudo make


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sudo make install


6. Restart your computer???

BEWARE: Unplugging the device will cause Linux to hang (in my case)!!!

DONE

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Re: Driver for NETGEAR AC 1200 / A 6210 wifi adaptor?

Postby Julian_Materna » Thu Dec 31, 2015 12:53 pm

I forgot to mention that you will need the package git

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apt-get install git

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Re: Driver for NETGEAR AC 1200 / A 6210 wifi adaptor?

Postby bmscott » Tue May 09, 2017 11:05 pm

Just to add some info here - this driver compiled and installed for me on Mint 18 64-bit, though at this point the adapter is showing as "Unmanaged" so I'm off to Google up how to sort that out...

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Re: Driver for NETGEAR AC 1200 / A 6210 wifi adaptor?

Postby bmscott » Wed May 10, 2017 10:01 pm


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Re: Driver for NETGEAR AC 1200 / A 6210 wifi adaptor?

Postby hulksmash865 » Tue Oct 17, 2017 7:46 am

Created a bootable iso to try Linux Mint on my laptop. I did everything listed above except the restart - got the unmanaged message, and could not activate the adapter. Do I have to do the restart or can I just do a do a network-manager restart? Just wondering because if I reboot, it will wipe away my current settings so I can't test out the adapter. Wanted to make sure I could get the adapter working before installing Linux.


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