Netgear WG111T USB 108Mbps Wireless Adapter

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Netgear WG111T USB 108Mbps Wireless Adapter

Post by Void Main » Fri Dec 01, 2006 6:35 pm

I picked up 2 of these babies (refurb) off of www.woot.com during the last woot-off:
http://www.netgear.com/Products/Adapter ... G111T.aspx
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I got them for 10 bucks a piece which appears to be a great deal as they are going for 60 bucks on Amazon ($46 after rebate):
http://www.amazon.com/Netgear-WG111T-Mb ... B00067ARYQ

It comes with the adapter as shown in the picture and a nice USB extension cable (I figure that will keep the radiation a little farther away and reduce the chance of snapping the card off in the USB slot). The ones I have are made in China and here is the "lsusb -v" entry for it:

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Bus 004 Device 003: ID 1385:4250  
Device Descriptor:
  bLength                18
  bDescriptorType         1
  bcdUSB               2.00
  bDeviceClass          255 Vendor Specific Class
  bDeviceSubClass         0 
  bDeviceProtocol         0 
  bMaxPacketSize0        64
  idVendor           0x1385 
  idProduct          0x4250 
  bcdDevice            0.01
  iManufacturer           1 Atheros Communications Inc
  iProduct                2 WG111T
  iSerial                 3 1.0
  bNumConfigurations      1
I thought since it was Atheros based I would be able to get it working with madwifi but no such luck. No problem though, I got it working with ndiswrapper and wpa_supplicant with no problem. Here is the ndiswrapper entry from here:

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Card: NETGEAR WG111T

    * Chipset: Atheros USB
    * encryption: WPA-PSK (TKIP)
    * usbid: 1385:4250
    * Driver: Netgear windows driver Version: 21/06/2005, 1.2 from http://www.netgear.de/download/WG111T/WG111T_GRV1.2.zip
    * Other: This driver comes with two sets of .inf and .sys files: athfmwdl and wg111t. Both of these must be installed with their *.inf files. 
I used the latest ndiswrapper (v1.30 as I write this) and the driver they list above from the de site:
http://www.netgear.de/download/WG111T/WG111T_GRV1.2.zip
After installing the two included drivers with ndiswrapper -i file.inf:

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# ndiswrapper -l
installed drivers:
athfmwdl                driver installed 
netwg11t                driver installed, hardware (1385:4250) present 
I am using wpa_supplicant v0.4.9-15 from ATrpms.

/etc/wpa_supplicant.conf

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ctrl_interface=/var/run/wpa_supplicant
ctrl_interface_group=0
eapol_version=1
ap_scan=1
fast_reauth=1
network={
        ssid="MySSID"
        #psk="MyPSK"
        psk=af6ffb4b71cbc6b0dcddd46231e6469c5d9e3372c875c397467d816617011bcb
        scan_ssid=1
        proto=WPA
        key_mgmt=WPA-PSK
}
My wpa_supplicant command:

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/usr/sbin/wpa_supplicant -iwlan0 -c/etc/wpa_supplicant.conf -Dwext -wB
My ifcfg-wlan0:

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DEVICE=wlan0
IPV6INIT=no
TYPE=Wireless
ONBOOT=yes
DHCP_HOSTNAME=laplinux
BOOTPROTO=dhcp
ESSID=MySSID
USERCTL=yes
PEERDNS=yes
IPADDR=
DOMAIN=
NETMASK=
HWADDR=
CHANNEL=7
MODE=Managed
RATE=Auto
Salt to taste. I notice this thing has mixed reviews on Amazon for overheating problems and for bad drivers/software. The Windows drivers seem to work just fine under Linux. :) I haven't experienced any overheating problems yet although the little device does get warm. I'll report back here if I have any problems and I plan on using it several hours a day.

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