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Airlink 101 USB vs Linux

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Device:  AirLink101 AWLL6075 Wireless N Mini USB Adapter

Hardware tested on:

1.  Lenovo G530

2.  IBM 8143

Software:

1.  Ubuntu 10.10

2.  OpenSUSE 11.3

So I saw an awesome deal on dealmac.com (yes I know they have dealnews.com, but the mac section is much more technology related, so I venture there before sifting through all the other stuff) for an Airlink 101 Wireless Mini USB Adapter, that promised to be b/g/n compatible.  It was running about $10 on meritline and I figured the risk/reward was promising. Unfortunately looking at some amazon.com reviews I found people weren’t able to get the chipset to work with linux out of the box. Well I got the Airlink in the mail and sure enough OpenSUSE 11.3 could see the USB adapter, but didn’t see any networks. Luckily with some searching I found these instructions at ubuntuforums.org and they worked perfectly with OpenSUSE.

1. Download the linked file below. Open Terminal and run what’s within quotes.

2. Extract the contents ( “gunzip rtl8192sfw.bin.gz”)

3. Use “sudo mkdir /lib/firmware/`uname -r`/RTL8192SU”

4. And “sudo cp rtl8192sfw.bin /lib/firmware/`uname -r`/RTL8192SU”

5. Unplug Wireless USB Adapter and then plug back into same USB port.

rtl8192sfw.bin.gz

That is all there is to it. I can confirm this works on Ubuntu 10.10 and OpenSUSE 11.3. If anyone else tests this out on other systems let us know the outcome.

Outcome: Success

Original solution found here.

Written by deselect

October 30, 2010 at 4:49 am

Posted in Linux, WiFi

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