That was my Wireless WUSB54GS yesterday as it laid in the bin.
Ok a little over dramatic, it never quite got to the bin but it was close on a few occasions. Ubuntu is an opensource Operating System which is basically a Linux Variant. An OS (Operating System) you will most likely be familiar with is Microslow Winbloze XP or Vista
I spent perhaps 18 to maybe 20 hours trying to figure out why my adaptor would not work, once I found a nifty feature it took 2 minutes to get it going. I went through various Ubuntu support forums to find what I needed.
I’d played with Ubuntu a fair few times but always hit the same issue of the wireless adaptor not working, this time I was set on making it work so I downloaded the latest copy which is currently Ubuntu 8.04.1 desktop from http://www.ubuntu.com/getubuntu/download and installed it.
I was hitting the same issue and just couldn’t get it to work, everything kept pointing to something call Ndiwrapper which basically allows you install windows drivers on a Linux box. I’m familiar with commands after using SSH on my managed servers so it made it a little easier for me to understand, but I still couldn’t get everything to work. I downloaded the Ndiswrapper but couldn’t get it installed to start with.
I looked for tutorials and found the following:
HOWTO: WUSB54GS V1 And V2
I still had trouble even after reading this, not sure where I was going wrong.
After the many hours, I was about ready to give up again but thought I’d have a play with Ubuntu first. I went into Add/Remove Applications and found some real cool stuff, free games and more. I then used the search box and searched for ‘Wireless’. I couldn’t believe it an option came up ‘Windows Wireless Drivers’ and it was the ndiswrapper so I installed it (you’ll need a hard-wired connection).
The ndiswrapper was now working with a nice GUI (Graphical User Interface) which made it real easy to add drivers, but it wasn’t recognising any drivers I had, so I plodded off back to that tutorial again and found the following:
My guess is that you’ll come back to this tutorial wondering what went wrong, right? Ndiswrapper reports “invalid driver”, right? Well, if I’m wrong, skip the rest of this step.
The last command says that the drivers are invalid. That’s because it didn’t install the sys files! We need to do this manually. Run these commands in the same terminal:
If you have a WUSB54GS device, run this:
sudo cp usb8023.sys rndismp.sys /etc/ndiswrapper/wusb54gs/
If you have a WUSB54GSv2 device, run this:
sudo cp usb8023.sys rndismp.sys /etc/ndiswrapper/wusb54gsv2/
Now run this command:
Now if you new to linux all together you might be wondering what’s happening here, so I’ll break it down
sudo – Super User DO – Basically says “oi run this as admin/super user” and it will request your password to before running the command
cp - This ones just saying copy
The next bit looks first at the file/folder and copies it to then to the location after the space:
usb8023.sys rndismp.sys /etc/ndiswrapper/wusb54gsv2/
Is the same as:
/copy/file.sys to /etc/location
Now you will need to navigate to the folder or use the correct path for the files within your command.
cd /folder/name – will move you between folders.
I hope this saves someone losing hair and sleep, lol. If it helps at all, then please just drop me a comment, it’s always nice to know that I can help others
My Ubuntu install is now successfully working with a Linksys Wireless SpeedBooster WUSB54GS
The following is a compressed archive containing the Linksys WUSB54GS drivers for both version 1 and version2
If you need the actual ndiswrapper because you can’t see it in your install:
It was recently announced that ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) will be opening the book on tld’s but I’m really not sure that’s such a good idea.
For those that don’t know ICANN are basically the guys who regulate domain name extentions like .co.uk or .com and tld simply means top level domain.
When they open this tin of worms initially it will be a costly process so we may not see too much change straight away however, but imagine the cost to protects ones brand once the costs come down. You already have idiots running around buying up cool domain names and then trying to make their millions reselling those names. So what when theyhave unlimited possibilities.
Personally I’d like to see more restrictions on how people can get those names and more laws to make them hand em over for real reason. If they use the domain fine, but it annoys me when they buy these domains simple to put them on a drop page or use a page generator, you know those annoying search pages with only google ad’s or some other form of advertising. They contribute nothing to any society or anything on the web, they only server as an annoyance.
So in the future we could see domains ending in .msn, .england, .wales, .scotland, .ireland, or any amount of endless possibilities. Could you image E-mail addresses like email@example.com
The thought of it is cool, but I just hope it’s done with caution I’d hate to see become harder for the small guy or gal to protect their business brand and label. It will become more costly for them protect their brands and labels for sure. .com .org. co.uk .info .net .ws .sc .ca .fr .de .es . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . and thousands more coming this way soon.
You can read more about this over at Yahoo
Just thought I’d drop a link for these two tools which maybe of some help, they are rather well known but blogging them here helps me keep a mental note of all the cool FREE programs available.