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Hey guys, I am fairly new with linux in the house, I have used it at school a little bit but just put it on a desktop I am using ...
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    Need help using a netgear USB wireless adapter


    Hey guys, I am fairly new with linux in the house, I have used it at school a little bit but just put it on a desktop I am using and I want that to have internet. My room is far from the router so running ethernet is going to be tough to get it there. So I bought a netgear N600 wireless USB adapter but I can't seem to get the thing to work, I've googled the problem and couldn't find anything. I know I need the driver for it but not sure how I can get that since I can't connect it to the internet. Is there a way I can run the software disc they gave me? Or is does my answer lie somewhere else? Any help would be much appreciated.

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    A quick Google doesn't turn up native drivers for your device, but you ought to be able to use NDISwrapper. You ought to be able to find a simple howto for your distribution. It'll use the windows drivers to make your device work so it should be pretty straight forward to make it work.

    If you want to try and look up native drivers then try running "lsusb" to get the device ID of your network adapter. From that we might be able to find native drivers.

    Let us know how you get on.
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    Well I finally found out what ndiswrapper is and I tried that but now it is saying invalid driver when I give it the autorun.inf file.

    When I put lsusb in for the wireless card I get:
    Bus sub 001 Device 002: ID 0846:9011 NetGear, Inc. WNDA3100v2 802.11abgn [Broadcom BCM4323]

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    Hi there,

    You don't want to give it the autorun.inf, that's the file windows uses to kick off the installation when you put the CD in the drive. You're looking for a .inf and a .sys file in the same directory which will probably be buried in the directory structure of the driver CD. It's possible those files are compressed into an installation .exe though.

    If that's the case then I'd recommend installing the wireless card on any windows machine you have handy and grabbing the inf and sys files from there. Likely to be called bcm*.sys and bcm*.inf. Otherwise you can try running the installation under wine and seeing if you can get the extracted files that way.

    There also looks like native drivers for your device are available, but they look a little tricky to setup. b43 driver project

    Let us know how you get on.
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    Thanks for all the help but I don't think there is an easy way to get this usb adapter to work because it doesn't like linux, there is a belkin one at my work that I will use and I know linux supports that driver, but thanks for the help.

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