October 29, 2005
Motorola WU830G on Linux
I recently purchased one of these USB wifi adaptors from Amazon.com, not because I had a real need for it, but it was only 20 bucks, and I figured it would come in handy sometime soon.
I plugged it into an old machine running Windows XP and used the install utility that came on the CD. It seemed to work pretty well. It actually picked up a weak signal from one of my neighbor's wireless networks that my current wireless card didn't show.
But my thought was I could use it as the internet source for a noisy linux box that I've been using as a server, and hide it away in a closet. I've had success with Ubuntu and it's amazing hardware detection in the past. It saw the device, but didn't know what to do with it. Next, I tried the ndiswrapper with the windows drivers included in the box. It said the driver installed successfully, and the hardware was present, but still no dice. According to some posts in this guy's blog, DriverLoader won't work either, and the ndiswrapper people gave up trying to support it, because it was so windows dependent. (Wish I would have read that before wasting my afternoon on it...) I attached it to a OS X machine for fun as well, and of course it didn't work.
Conclution: Don't purchase a wu830G for any computer other then a windows machine. It won't work on Linux, and there's no way around it.