Linksys WUSB100 Wireless Adapter Working on Ubuntu 9.04
I have a Compaq Presario V5000 laptop, and I've been using Linux (debian Linux variant, Ubuntu) with it now for several years and have found it fickle when trying to get the widely used laptop wireless NIC like the one installed in my laptop, namely, the Broadcom bcm4318, working properly. I finally got the NIC working a while back when I was running Ubuntu 8.04 using a How-To on the Ubuntu website. When I upgraded to Ubuntu 9.04, my NIC stopped working again, and I could not get it to work no matter what I tried. Then, I found a better alternative. I had a Linksys WUSB100 wireless NIC, one that is only compatible with Windows OS's after Win 2000, lying around gathering dust. With ndiswrapper loaded on my PC already, I searched for a Windows XP driver for the WUSB100 NIC online [with my laptop plugged into my ethernet port, of course] and loaded the .inf file into the Ubuntu 9.04 kernel using the terminal command: ndiswrapper -i <driver name>, substituting <driver name> with the actual driver's .inf filename. Then, I unplugged the ethernet connection and plugged the WUSB100 adapter into one of my USB ports. Ubuntu 9.04 recognized it right away and after setting up a new wireless connection to my protected network and activating it, Voila! I was on the Internet. I just love it when a plan comes together.