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#1 Guest_RoutaSielu_*

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Posted 04 September 2013 - 10:46 PM

Having some trouble getting WiFi access. I usually run OpenSuSE KDE but I have even tried in Ubuntu Gnome and can't seem to get this adapter to be usable. The adapter is: http://www.microcenter.com/product/386586/Valet_AM10_Wireless_N_USB_Network_Adapter

 

I'm not certain which chipset this adapter uses (unless I open it up to find out, which, would void the warranty), had the same problem with a Linksys AE1000 (got fried during a thunderstorm). The Linksys one was running on an RAlink chip if I remember right.

 

Here's a couple 'screenshots' showing the problem. Shows there are no wireless devices (2nd photo) and seems to be detecting only the flash drive part of the device (1st photo) when running the lsusb command.

 

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Last I successfully had wireless on a Linux machine was with a Belkin F5D7050 (wireless G, USB) and just had to plug it in and it connect on it's own, just needed passphrase for router. Before that I had an Azio AWD102N PCI card (junk card that was hardly worth the $15 I paid for it).

Am I doing something wrong here or this one need special set up on account of it being both a wireless device and flash drive in on?



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Posted 05 September 2013 - 02:23 AM

System Requirements: Microsoft Windows 2000, XP, Vista, 7. No driver for Linux.

http://support.linksys.com/en-us/support/valet/AM10
http://downloads.linksys.com/downloads/userguide/AM10_V10_UG_NC-WEB.pdf

Look here, Getting a Cisco AM10 Valet Connector wireless stick to work. http://www.pclinuxos.com/forum/index.php?topic=101432.0 and http://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/linux-hardware-18/cisco-am10-884027/
 

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Posted 15 September 2013 - 02:20 PM

No idea if the following works but I've had similar issues myself in the past. The following is a quote from the site link at the bottom...looked hopeful. Shouldn't matter the version of Linux, just the tools and commands you use to make them work.

 

 

Re: Cisco Valet Connector AM10 in Ubuntu 11.04

 The correct driver is either ndiswrapper and the included Windows XP .inf file or the Linux driver rt3572sta. As the man at the corner store says, you pays yer money and you takes yer chances. If it's working satisfactorily with ndiswrapper now, then that's a prefectly valid method. It's easy enough to temporarily try the Linux driver:

Code:
sudo ifconfig wlan0 down
sudo rmmod -f ndiswrapper
sudo modprobe rt3572sta
iwconfig
Did a wireless interface, ra0 perhaps, get created? Can you connect? Is it better or worse?

 

Link: https://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1808690&page=4

 

Hope it helps,

Zen



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Posted 16 September 2013 - 08:52 PM

Crazy Cat, I'm not sure I've ever seen any wireless adapter advertised as "compatible" with Linux. They all show system requirements as Windows and some show Mac.. Only seen a handful of them on eBay listed for Linux and those seem to be a scam. Bought a couple for testing and learning purposes ($5 or $10 is not a horribly bad deal for such case).. but the supplies Linux "driver" is either already in the kernel or available in the repos, or it's not really a driver, but instead source code and needs to be compiled.

 

These 2 are some I've bought and rather displeased, both fried out within a month as well.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/150Mbps-Mini-USB-WiFi-Wireless-Adapter-150M-Network-LAN-Card-802-11n-g-b-/140846540553?pt=US_USB_Wi_Fi_Adapters_Dongles&hash=item20cb1ba709

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/802-11n-g-b-150Mbps-Mini-USB-WiFi-Wireless-Adapter-Network-LAN-Card-w-Antenna-/200755616792?pt=US_USB_Wi_Fi_Adapters_Dongles&hash=item2ebdf79c18

 

Zen Seeker, I've never tried ndiswrapper before. Always been told to stay away from that option because of stability and security issues. If that is incorrect I'd be willing to try. I have used WINE before to run Windows only software in Linux, never had any issues there. Not sure if that's an option with wireless devices though. Maybe worth a try?



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Posted 17 September 2013 - 10:21 AM

Sorry, I've never used it either but it came up as a workable solution so I left it as an option.

 

I've been lucky and only had minor issues with wireless devices on Linux. Mind you it still took me two or three hours to get it working on my current laptop automatically. If I run into issues I have found that running a current version of a Live CD/DVD helps. Most of them are designed to be very compatible and if they work with the wireless NIC I can see what's being used and how it's setup and apply it manually.

 

Best of luck, you can always try posting here; Link: "http://forums.opensuse.org/english/get-technical-help-here/wireless/"

 

Zen


Edited by Zen Seeker, 17 September 2013 - 10:22 AM.


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Posted 17 September 2013 - 07:23 PM

Crazy Cat, I'm not sure I've ever seen any wireless adapter advertised as "compatible" with Linux. They all show system requirements as Windows and some show Mac.. Only seen a handful of them on eBay listed for Linux and those seem to be a scam. Bought a couple for testing and learning purposes ($5 or $10 is not a horribly bad deal for such case).. but the supplies Linux "driver" is either already in the kernel or available in the repos, or it's not really a driver, but instead source code and needs to be compiled. 


Yes, that's the dilemma. If the product doesn't come with a Linux driver, or any support website - it's up to you to find it.

Try these sites?

Jockey provides a user interface for configuring third-party drivers, such as the Nvidia and ATI fglrx X.org and various Wireless LAN kernel modules.
https://apps.ubuntu.com/cat/applications/precise/jockey-gtk/

Linux Driver Update Disk. http://sourceforge.net/apps/mediawiki/xcat/index.php?title=Using_Linux_Driver_Update_Disk
Building your own driver. http://driverupdateprogram.com/
 

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Posted 17 September 2013 - 11:26 PM

Probably best to stick to broadcom nics and dongles as things got a little more user friendly with them. I had a laptop with an intel chip it was getting flaky and needed to be replaced anyways. I bought a broadcom version and it's so much more stable, stronger signal, more features. It seems to be native to just about any linux distro I try in exception to the ones that are really stripped down like puppy linux or like slax. Slax however can be setup though by just simply dropping the B4 driver module in the modules folder and off It goes.


Edited by technonymous, 17 September 2013 - 11:32 PM.


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Posted 01 October 2013 - 01:16 PM

Thanks so much...

Been trying to figure it out and it's too much aggravation trying to keep switching back and forth between 2 setups....

Don't know but I may have to buy a new adapter again....

Connection keeps dropping to 6.5Mbps and on occasion it drops as low at 1.2Mbps, as well I've had the balloon thing in the corner pop up in Windows XP Pro saying that an attached USB device has failed and is not recognized by Windows. Must be something with this Cisco Valet Connector thing cause the only other USB devices I have attached are my keyboard and mouse (Logitech MK 120) and there's no problems at all with those.

 

I'm getting really fed up with having to replace wifi adapters every 6 months.

Any recommendation on a good one that will last longer than 6 months and easy to work with in Linux? Preferably for less than $40.



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Posted 03 October 2013 - 07:37 PM

Alfa products come to mind.


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