This has been asked before, but is there not some sort of simple driver you can install in the terminal to make it work?

  • You can't tell just by model name. Give output of lsusb with the adapter plugged in. – Pilot6 May 7 '15 at 11:31
  1. Download Windows XP drivers from CISCO and save the .inf,sys and bin files.
  2. Download ndiswrapper and extract it with: tar -xvf ndiswrapper-xxx (replace xxx to match your downloaded file).
  3. Change to the directory created by tar: cd ndiswrapper-xxx
  4. Execute the following commands one after the other:

    make install
    ndiswrapper -i drivername.inf 
    ndiswrapper -l   ## to verify the installation---should show the driver(s) and device ID> 
    modprobe ndiswrapper 

Reboot and see if there's any change.

If you have an old installation of ndiswrapper, you might want to remove it before starting all the above step.

Refer to this article: Installing cisco linksys AE2500 wireless adapter in Linux

  • I've heard of this, but I was looking for something a little better since I heard that your internet will probably be pretty unstable if you use this method. Do you know of anything else? – BigHippo May 8 '15 at 4:43
  • Certain drivers in Ubuntu can be installed with ndiswrapper only. As far as I know this will not significantly affect the performance (but yes, it is nice to have an 'official' driver). Sorry, I do not know of any other methods. – Ron May 8 '15 at 4:50
  • It keeps telling me there's no such file or directory when I do cd ndiswrapper. And I extracted with archive manager if that works for tar -xvf because it said there wasn't a file or directory for that either, – BigHippo May 8 '15 at 9:30

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