[PLUG] Installing DWA160 wireless adapter (was Cisco Valet)

jen montserrat jen.montserrat at gmail.com
Mon Dec 20 10:43:44 PST 2010


What are the results from 'lsusb' and 'iwconfig', assuming these command
utilities are available in Suse.

On Sat, Dec 18, 2010 at 3:49 AM, Mark Jones <mark.sinanju at gmail.com> wrote:

> > ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> > From: "chris (fool) mccraw" <gently at gmail.com>
> > To: "General Linux/UNIX discussion and help, civil and on-topic" <
> plug at lists.pdxlinux.org>
> > Date: Fri, 17 Dec 2010 14:52:35 -0800
> > Subject: Re: [PLUG] Installing a Cisco Valet wireless USB adapter
> > On Fri, Dec 17, 2010 at 14:10, Mark Jones <mark.sinanju at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> >
> >> So, I ditched the Cisco Valet and ordered a D-Link DWA-160 wireless
> >> USB adaptor. Just received it from the UPS guy. According to the linux
> >> drivers page (http://linuxwireless.org/en/users/Devices/USB), it
> >> should work for me using the ar9170 driver. Simply plugging it in
> >> accomplished nothing, so I don't know what to do now.
> >
> > well, we'll need some qualification on the "nothing".  i'm assuming
> > you mean "the internet didn't magically start flowing into the
> > laptop", and if that's the case and you did nothing besides plug it
> > in, there are probably some steps to take before we even start
> > troubleshooting problems--it needs to get set up first!
>
> Yes, that's what I meant. I plugged it in and waited to see if
> anything happened (like a "new USB device found" popup). Nothing that
> I could see changed.
>
> > but let's see if the system sees it.  after you unplug and replug it
> > (waiting a minute or so between to be safe), and then run the command
> > 'dmesg' in a terminal and see if the last few lines talk about finding
> > a device and using the ar9170 driver.  you might go so far as to post
> > the related lines here for our edification.
>
> Here are the final few lines of the dmesg result:
>
> [18550.008055] usb 1-3: new high speed USB device using ehci_hcd and
> address 3
> [18550.187656] usb 1-3: New USB device found, idVendor=07d1, idProduct=3a09
> [18550.187686] usb 1-3: New USB device strings: Mfr=16, Product=32,
> SerialNumber=48
> [18550.187701] usb 1-3: Product: 11n adapter
> [18550.187711] usb 1-3: Manufacturer: ATHER
> [18550.187721] usb 1-3: SerialNumber: 12345
> [18550.188092] usb 1-3: configuration #1 chosen from 1 choice
>
> >
> > if you see some mention of that driver without anything terrifying
> > (like a kernel panic), then we can go on to the next step:
> >
> > it's been awhile since i ran suse, but it looks from a cursory google
> > as though 11.3 (i know, you're on 11.2) uses network manager, so i
> > guess that'd be a good place to start.  if there isn't a little
> > network icon somewhere in one of your panels (the bars at the
> > top/bottom/sides that also probably have a clock and other little
> > things in them), you might try just running nm-connection-editor from
> > the command line.  it's pretty intuitive.
>
> When I tried nm-connection-editor I got the following response:
> ** (nm-connection-editor:8105): WARNING **: Icon nm-device-wired
> missing: Icon 'nm-device-wired' not present in theme
> ** (nm-connection-editor:8105): WARNING **: Failed to initialize the
> UI, exiting...
>
> > if the wireless tab is empty, you might still have to use yast (suse's
> > old system config tool) to tell the OS to make the device available to
> > network manager and company.  i think you actually want to run yast2,
> > and there should be a networking tab in there that you can poke around
> > in.
>
> The networking tab in Yast2 has a long list of programs I could
> install, but none that leap out at me as the one I need. Any
> suggestions?
>
> > if that isn't fruitful, perhaps there is some documentation you could
> > refer to?  i googled quickly for 'add network device opensuse' and
> > didn't see anything obvious (that wasn't written in 1999), but i bet
> > there are docs installed even on your system that address how to do
> > this so people who don't run your OS aren't trying to guess so much =)
> >
> > luck++;
>
> Thanks. I'll look around for some documentation.
>
> >> According to the page for the driver, it should be included in my
> >> distribution already (Linux 2.6.31.14-0.4-default i68). Is that right?
> >
> > it's impossible to tell from just that number.  a kernel can be
> > compiled with or without support for many things.  it seems likely
> > support is already there, though.
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