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WG111v2 Linux Driver Installation

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April 15, 2007 3:44:21 PM

I am working on finding out how to hack WLAN networks, not for hacking purposes, but for security measures. I installed P.H.L.A.K. onto a flash drive, and I am able to boot from it on my computer. So right now I am at the point of getting my wireless adapter, a Netgear WG111v2 USB adapter, to work in Linux. I've established that i need this program called ndiswrapper. But thats about it.

Could someone guide me through on how to install ndiswrapper and set up my wireless adapter? I am new to Linux, but I have a basic understanding of it.

Thanks in advance.
a b 5 Linux
May 3, 2007 2:31:22 AM

Looks like unfortunately that card (or, more specifically the chipset in that card) does not have vendor support for Linux and an opensource driver has not yet been written, so your only choice is a framework called ndiswrapper. This essentially takes the Windows Driver and wraps it in a layer that converts the Linux wireless API calls to Windows API calls (think of it as an adapter for drivers)

The bad news with this solution:
    [*:099520b19e]It requires installing some software into the Linux distro, something not conducive to a LiveCD environment and better left to a full-blown hard disk install
    [*:099520b19e]Even after the drivers are working with ndiswrapper, they cannot support special modes that are useful for security reconnaisence, such as Monitor (listen to all of the traffic that is going through the air) or Master (act as an access point)

    My suggestion is, until more manufacturers are more aware of the demand for Linux support, pick those manufacturers who do see the demand for support and will help the community create useful drivers. Such companies include Intel, Atheros, Intercil, and RaLink. These companies (save Intel) produce the chipsets which are then packaged into other manufacturer's products.

    The sad truth is that a Linux user who cares about usability and stability over the Windows Drivers (wrapped in ndiswrapper) are forced to become chipset sleuths and figure out not only which models but also which hardware revisions of that model have the desired chipset. A fine example is my D-Link DWL-G122 hardware version B1, I had to call up companies selling this little baby and have them open it to check to see if it was the correct hardware revision, many simply would not do it, but I finally tracked down a vendor that would do it and verified they had one of the desired hardware revisions.

    As for resources for finding well-supported cards, this is a fine resource, as well as the main Aircrack-NG website or the Kismet website when it comes to wireless security (another great tool is Wireshark (formerly Ethereal)

    Hope this helps
August 7, 2008 2:13:19 AM

I've searched all over and found that MEPIS runs the WG111v2 out of the box!
I booted up an old dual 700MHz machine with a TYAN Tiger 133 mb with the LiveCD
and it worked like a charm!

I did have to specify noapic nodbus nomce for some reason, but this allowed me to boot
and install it on my hard drive. VERY NICE INDEED!

Hope this helps someone else!

You can get it here:

http://www.mepis.org/mirrors

I happen to know that this card also works on PCLINUXOS, but you might have to use the
command line utility "iwconfig" a number of times before it takes. I now have a running
system which boots and only occasionally do I have to go into the Command Center to
re-scan and connect.

good luck!
a b 5 Linux
August 7, 2008 2:37:53 AM

Just goes to show you, a lot can change in a year with Linux device support.
!