How to Get a Linksys USB Adapter to Work With Linux


Anything you can do on a Windows based computer you can also do on a Linux machine---and that includes using peripheral hardware like a Linksys USB adapter. Most models of USB adapters will work immediately after a Linux installation with no additional downloads needed. However, if it doesn't work, you can have it up and running in a matter of minutes with the help of the Synaptic Package Manager and an Internet connection.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer
  • Linux
  • Internet Connection
  • Load the Synaptic Package Manager by clicking on the "System" menu at the top of the Linux desktop, clicking on "Administration," and clicking on the "Synaptic Package Manager" icon.
    Type "Ndiswrapper" into the search field and check the box next to the listing that appears. Click the "OK" button to download and install Ndiswrapper, which is a program designed to allow Linux users to install drivers meant for the Windows operating system.

  • Go to the Linksys website (see Resources) and download the driver for your particular model of USB adapter. To find out your model number, check the product's packaging. Sometimes it is also listed on the unit itself. Type the model number of your product into the "Search" field on the main Linksys web page and click "Search." When the product's page comes up, click the "Support" button and download the latest driver available. Download the driver to your Linux desktop.

  • Execute the installation of the Linksys USB adapter's driver by double-clicking on its icon on your desktop. Ndiswrapper will be automatically familiar with the file format and open the program. Follow the onscreen instructions to install the driver on your system. Depending on the speed of your computer's processor and the amount of RAM available, this should take no more than a few seconds to complete.

  • Restart Linux. Restart your computer to finalize everything. Next, plug your Linksys USB adapter into an open USB port on your computer, and it will be ready to use.

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