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[Resolved] 4.3.1 + Netgear WG111T wireless
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jklow888

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PostPosted: Thu 20 Jul 2017, 00:33    Post subject:  [Resolved] 4.3.1 + Netgear WG111T wireless  

Due to some room re-purposing I have to move a PC which had access to a wired connection to another area and need to use wireless. I downloaded the relevant Windows 7 driver and it works with W10 installed on the HDD but when booting Puppy 4.3.1 from USB I cannot get any generic driver or any auto-probed option to work. FYI - booting from USB + wired worked fine.

cat /proc/bus/usb/devices does show:

S: Manufacturer=Atheros Communications Inc
S: Product=WG111T
S: SerialNumber=1.0

and more importantly:

I: ... Driver=(none)

So Puppy does see the device - can anyone advise if there is a driver or package I can download to get it to work ? Obviously I'll have to take the PC back to the old location and use a wired connection to do that.

Thanks !

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watchdog

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PostPosted: Thu 20 Jul 2017, 01:00    Post subject:  

Is there the windows XP driver of your wireless? You can use the ndiswrapper driver in linux...
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jklow888

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PostPosted: Thu 20 Jul 2017, 02:10    Post subject:  

watchdog wrote:
Is there the windows XP driver of your wireless? You can use the ndiswrapper driver in linux...


I've got the 2.1 download which is for W7 that worked for W10 - using that with the ndiswrapper option it raises an error that its not a valid .inf file/driver.

I have downloaded 1.2 which is circa XP so will try that/need to uninstall 2.1 first.
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jklow888

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PostPosted: Thu 20 Jul 2017, 02:55    Post subject:  

No joy - the 1.2 XP driver works with W10 but when booting from USB and then referencing the .inf file for the 1.2 driver.inf file it still errors with invalid file.

Anyone got any ideas ?

I was thinking of getting a TL-WN725N to replace the 10+ year old WG111TNA as the next step.
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cthisbear

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PostPosted: Thu 20 Jul 2017, 05:19    Post subject:  

A few posts.
The last one has a driver someone might compile for you etc.

""""

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/ubuntu-63/wireless-nightmare-wg111t-usb-and-linux-442864/


" someone tried to tell me this answer early on and i was too stubborn
to heed it at first, but here it is:

spend 20-40 bucks on a new wireless pci card. simple as that.
i got a belkin for less than 40 and i have never had one problem since.

just tellin it like it is."

and in the same post.

" i've gotten the netgear USB WG111T working under
Fedora Core 6. I used the windows .inf file from the disk
that came with the adaptor."

"""""""""

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/WifiDocs/Device/WG111T

"""""""

From here:

http://forums.debian.net/viewtopic.php?t=51952

Attachments ar5523-source_and_firmware.zip
86.05 KiB) Downloaded 73 times

http://forums.debian.net/download/file.php?id=509&sid=2d9a53c908c874db39a7d5a580cd828e

Chris.
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PostPosted: Thu 20 Jul 2017, 06:00    Post subject:  

This may help you
http://murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=26222

You do understand how to setup a wireless network connection?

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rcrsn51


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PostPosted: Thu 20 Jul 2017, 11:17    Post subject:  

If this computer is capable of running Win10, why are you using Puppy 431? Or messing with ndiswrapper?

Newer Puppies like Tahr605 appear to have this driver (ar5523) built-in.

[Edit] It looks like Tahr605 is missing the firmware file ar5523.bin. However, Precise571 has both the driver and the firmware.
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PostPosted: Thu 20 Jul 2017, 16:50    Post subject:  

Quote:
[Edit] It looks like Tahr605 is missing the firmware file ar5523.bin.


Here is the firmware pet for Tahrpup 6.0.5.
http://distro.ibiblio.org/puppylinux/pet_packages-tahr/firmware_linux_module_ar5523-20130224.pet

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jklow888

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PostPosted: Thu 20 Jul 2017, 20:52    Post subject:  

rcrsn51 wrote:
If this computer is capable of running Win10, why are you using Puppy 431? Or messing with ndiswrapper?

Newer Puppies like Tahr605 appear to have this driver (ar5523) built-in.

[Edit] It looks like Tahr605 is missing the firmware file ar5523.bin. However, Precise571 has both the driver and the firmware.


I've been on an old pup as it worked so had no need to change it.

I noticed the Netgear download for 1.2 was actually the 2.0 driver so it was still for W7 and not XP. I was able to search Netgear's site to get 1.3 which was for XP and then made some progress. But it was still frustrating as I only got to connect twice out of many attempts (upwards of 12).

Seeing your post this morning, I updated my USB flash drive boot to 5.7.1 and it all works and on repeated reboots as well. So thank you for the advice that 5.7.1 has the ar5523 driver built in (and to all who replied on other suggestions).
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