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I am trying to set up a WLAN Airlive WN-370USB on ubuntu 12.10.

Specification of WLAN Adapter: http://www.airlive.com/product/Wn-370USB

AirLive officially supports Linux but I can only find files that run with Kernel 2.6 (so probably >3 years old).

Inserting the WLAN-USB nothing happens automatically I do not have a clue on how to start to install and configure the WLAN adapter.

The chipset of the WLAN-Adapter AirLive WN-370USB is RTL8187L

sudo lshw is:

        description: Wireless interface
        physical id: 2
        bus info: usb@3:1
        logical name: wlan0
        serial: 00:4f:78:01:ea:6b
        capabilities: ethernet physical wireless
        configuration: broadcast=yes driver=r8712u multicast=yes wireless=unassociated

sudo lsusb is:

    Bus 003 Device 003: ID 1b75:8171 Ovislink Corp. 

I got then some more information from the AirLive support:

The chipset of the WLAN-Adapter AirLive WN-370USB is RTL8187L.

Drivers for RTL8187L are available under: http://www.realtek.com.tw/downloads/downloadsView.aspx?Langid=1&PNid=1&PFid=1&Level=6&Conn=5&DownTypeID=3&GetDown=false&Downloads=true#RTL8187L

Linux Kernel version 3.+ (should work on all kernel since 2.6.37 and with relatek driver on unsupported kernel and distributions).

Additionally the AirLive support gave me some hints to get AirLive WN-370USB running:

1.. add module with chipset RTL8187L to kernel

    sudo modprobe r8712u

2.. check all USB devices, the vendor ID (VID) and product ID (PID)

    sudo lsusb

for me that results in:

    Bus 003 Device 003: ID 1b75:8171 Ovislink Corp.

3.. add VID and PID to the file new_id:

    sudo vi /sys/bus/usb/drivers/r8712u/new_id

and insert 1b75 8171

The system then responds with:

    /sys/bus/usb/drivers/r8712u/new_id" E667: Fsync failed

Blue lights on device start to blink and the device can be accessed via the standard menu for internet connectivity. Everything works fine and I can connect to the internet.

However rebooting and trying the same procedure (1. - 3.) again does not bring AirLive WN-370USB up again. The blue light on the device is not blinking.

My next try is:

    sudo ifconfig wlan0 up

... and the blue light on AirLive WN-370USB is blinking again. However the WLAN-connection is not established and AirLive WN-370USB is not accessible via the standard menu for internet connections.

Has anybody an idea what went wrong? Or does anybody know how to get the WLAN-interface managed by the standard tools/menue?

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You may want to get these accounts merged so that you can edit your own question –  Journeyman Geek Feb 9 '13 at 15:09
In addition, you may want the output of lsusb and lshw in your question. I do believe these should be supported in kernel by this point - see kernel.org and this entry on the backtrack forums confirms that's the driver –  Journeyman Geek Feb 9 '13 at 15:16
@JourneymanGeek This is a good idea, but even from the other account, s/he can submit an edit suggestion to the question. –  Eliah Kagan Feb 9 '13 at 15:32
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