My previous post triumphantly announced that my Linksys WUSB54G (v4) wireless USB adapter worked out-of-the-box with Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex and WPA encryption. Since then, I’ve been able to test my other Linksys adapters (WUSB54G v1 and WPC54G v2) to see if they, too, will work without any effort. The short answer is no. The slightly longer answer is that they both continue to work using ndiswrapper (see my previous posts for making the WUSB54G and WPC54G work using ndiswrapper).
I previously mentioned that I had my WUSB54G v4 adapter connected to my computer while I was installing Intrepid, and that it came right up and connected me to my wireless network (after prompting for the WPA password) on first boot. So, I figured I’d try the same test using my WUSB54G v1 adapter as I installed Intrepid on my old IBM T23 notebook (a clean install, not an upgrade). No dice, though. Intrepid didn’t recognize the adapter after installation. I plugged in my WUSB54G v4 and rebooted, and that one worked fine, however.
I also tried rebooting with my WPC54G v2 adapter plugged in, but that didn’t work either. So, I reverted to my instructions for installing it using ndiswrapper, and now it works fine. Same for the WUSB54G v1–installing it using ndiswrapper makes it work just fine.
One hitch I ran into–I couldn’t find ndiswrapper in the repositories to install it! So I downloaded the .deb packages from the ubuntu website and installed them manually (you just double-click on the .deb file and the package installer takes care of the rest).