wh1p
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Netgear WNA1100 on Debian

Tue Jul 03, 2012 11:14 pm

Hey guys, so i got my Raspberry Pi the other day and threw Debian straight on an SD card and booted and enabled SSH to do all the magic work over Ethernet connection, but then i decided i want to either use it in my room or as a media center for my tv so i needed to get Wi-Fi to work.

I am using a Netgear WNA1100 N150 with a trend 4-port externally powered USB hub.

I looked through all of the forums and there are plenty of people just telling people to go find the tutorials for it. "Please stop saying this!", As far as i am aware people have had different problems so i thought i would consolidate the URL's to help any new comers like myself:

First: (This is off the eLinux wiki supported devices list)

N150: Reported as WNA1100 device, uses the Atheros ar9271 chipset. On Debian, requires the firmware-atheros package from the squeeze-backports non-free repository (!)

http://forums.debian.net/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=78224

http://wiki.debian.org/ath9k_htc

http://www.raspberrypi.org/phpBB3/viewt ... f=6&t=4995

http://www.raspberrypi.org/phpBB3/viewt ... =28&t=9715

http://www.raspberrypi.org/phpBB3/viewt ... =28&t=9969

https://groups.google.com/forum/?fromgr ... _JWVhclQQJ

https://www.google.co.uk/webhp?source=s ... 20&bih=979

https://www.google.co.uk/webhp?source=s ... 20&bih=979

I hope these links are helpful to you and i want to leave you with one small side note:

I installed everything as the information in these sources said to, but nothing. Left it all powered for 24 hours or so and came back did a "sudo iwlist wlan0 scan" and suddenly it was able to find my Wi-Fi network and did not give me the "scanning is not supported" message anymore, i don't know what sort of problem this is, maybe it needs to carry out some actions which take some time or possibly warm up i'm no sure but if it doesn't work leave it for some time, go have a coffee, watch some TV come back and there is a possibility that once all of your anger has been vented that it has finally decided to work :)

Nr90
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Re: Netgear WNA1100 on Debian

Wed Jul 04, 2012 12:11 am

I use that dongle and it worked right out of the box in wheezy.
Might be easier then this hassle under squeeze.

wh1p
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Re: Netgear WNA1100 on Debian

Wed Jul 04, 2012 12:35 am

Nr90 wrote:I use that dongle and it worked right out of the box in wheezy.
Might be easier then this hassle under squeeze.
This is the version of Debian i am using:

Linux raspberrypi 3.1.9+ #90 Wed Apr 18 18:23:05 BST 2012 armv6l

It may have better support in a different version but this one was really annoying to get working :/

Nr90
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Re: Netgear WNA1100 on Debian

Wed Jul 04, 2012 1:02 am

For future reference I recommend installing Debian Wheezy that is currently in beta.
You can find info on it in the Debian subforum.

wh1p
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Re: Netgear WNA1100 on Debian

Wed Jul 04, 2012 7:06 pm

Nr90 wrote:For future reference I recommend installing Debian Wheezy that is currently in beta.
You can find info on it in the Debian subforum.
Is there a Debian beta specific for the rasp pi though?


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