Firmware for wireless card on Ubuntu/Debian?

This is a follow up to my previous question about Debian support for Linksys Wusb600n. I have tried running the Ubunut/Xubuntu LiveCDs and the WiFi does not come up.

The Gnome Network Manager menu informs me that my wireless network “device is not ready (firmware missing)” as shown here:

Network connections on Xubuntu

Where can I find Ubuntu packages with the firmware and drivers needed to support the Linksys Wusb600n USB WiFi stick?

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We have many solutions to this problem, But we recommend you to use the first solution because it is tested & true solution that will 100% work for you.

Solution 1

Looks like you’re missing the linux-firmware packages. And since this is your network driver, that may make things complicated.

First, get these:

Copy the deb onto a USB drive (or burn to a CD) and get them available in Ubuntu. Exactly how is outside the scope of these instructions, and I’m assuming that either Ubuntu will know how to mount it for you or you know how to mount it yourself.

Once you’ve got it mounted copy the deb files to your home directory then open a Terminal and run this command:

dpkg -i linux-firmware*deb

Then reboot.

If Ubuntu natively supports your wireless chipset then this will solve the issue. If this doesn’t solve the issue then you’ll have to go for ndiswrapper.

Solution 2

Edit: This answer doesn’t answer the question, only helped figure out what the question was. I’ll delete it when the comments are no longer helpful.

It looks like your hardware might have been detected automatically, so that’s good.

I would skip that whole dialog box you found. That’s the administration panel and chances are you don’t need to make any changes at all in there. If you needed special paramaters such as setting your own IP addresses that would be the place to do it, but usually all you need to get connected are the basic user-controls.

You can find a menu in the top right of the screen (two arrows it looks like in your case). That menu should show list of available networks, wired, wireless, bluetooth, usb or otherwise. When you select a secured wireless network from the list it scanned, you should be prompted for the password.

Note: Use and implement solution 1 because this method fully tested our system.
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