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    Default D-Link DWA-123 USB Wireless adapter strange issues

    Hi Guys,

    I am running openSuSe 13.1 and I am having some strange issues with my D-Link DWA-123 USB Wireless adapter, which actually uses the Ralink rt2860 driver. The weird thing is that the device actually works with ifup, but NetworkManager shows it as hardware disabled. The stick has no button to actually disable it. I tried with Kernel 3.12.1 and am still running it, but the same behavior was with kernel 3.11. It worked pretty good under openSuSe 12.2 and NM discovered and used it correctly.

    I did a fresh install from a DVD and my laptop is an old ThinkPad z60m. To avoid confusion the integrated Intel wireless got broken and is always hardware disabled. Please let me know if you need additional information or if anyone has a clue. I also tried downgrading the NetworkManager to the one from Gnome 3.6, but it appeared incompatible with SystemD, upgrading to the one from Factory, i.e. Gnome 3.10.2 did not make things any better. Basically I can live without NM, but I am not certain if ifup supports VPNs and how exactly am I supposed to create and connect to a VPN network.

    Thanks a lot for your help.

    Here are the outputs from rfkill and nm-tool.

    Code:
    rfkill list
    1: phy0: Wireless LAN
        Soft blocked: no
        Hard blocked: yes
    2: phy2: Wireless LAN
        Soft blocked: no
        Hard blocked: no
    Code:
    nm-tool
    - Device: wlan0 ----------------------------------------------------------------
      Type:              802.11 WiFi
      Driver:            rt2800usb
      State:             unavailable
      Default:           no
      HW Address:        B8:A3:86:92:0A:9C
    
      Capabilities:
    
      Wireless Properties
        WEP Encryption:  yes
        WPA Encryption:  yes
        WPA2 Encryption: yes
    
      Wireless Access Points

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    Default Re: D-Link DWA-123 USB Wireless adapter strange issues

    On 11/26/2013 05:56 AM, AGE KILLER wrote:
    >
    > Hi Guys,
    >
    > I am running openSuSe 13.1 and I am having some strange issues with my
    > D-Link DWA-123 USB Wireless adapter, which actually uses the Ralink
    > rt2860 driver. The weird thing is that the device actually works with
    > ifup, but NetworkManager shows it as hardware disabled. The stick has no
    > button to actually disable it. I tried with Kernel 3.12.1 and am still
    > running it, but the same behavior was with kernel 3.11. It worked pretty
    > good under openSuSe 12.2 and NM discovered and used it correctly.
    >
    > I did a fresh install from a DVD and my laptop is an old ThinkPad z60m.
    > To avoid confusion the integrated Intel wireless got broken and is
    > always hardware disabled. Please let me know if you need additional
    > information or if anyone has a clue. I also tried downgrading the
    > NetworkManager to the one from Gnome 3.6, but it appeared incompatible
    > with SystemD, upgrading to the one from Factory, i.e. Gnome 3.10.2 did
    > not make things any better. Basically I can live without NM, but I am
    > not certain if ifup supports VPNs and how exactly am I supposed to
    > create and connect to a VPN network.
    >
    > Thanks a lot for your help.
    >
    > Here are the outputs from rfkill and nm-tool.
    >
    >
    > Code:
    > --------------------
    >
    > rfkill list
    > 1: phy0: Wireless LAN
    > Soft blocked: no
    > Hard blocked: yes
    > 2: phy2: Wireless LAN
    > Soft blocked: no
    > Hard blocked: no
    >
    > --------------------
    >
    >
    >
    > Code:
    > --------------------
    > nm-tool
    > - Device: wlan0 ----------------------------------------------------------------
    > Type: 802.11 WiFi
    > Driver: rt2800usb
    > State: unavailable
    > Default: no
    > HW Address: B8:A3:86:92:0A:9C
    >
    > Capabilities:
    >
    > Wireless Properties
    > WEP Encryption: yes
    > WPA Encryption: yes
    > WPA2 Encryption: yes
    >
    > Wireless Access Points


    As long as *ANY* wireless device is reporting a hard block, *NO* wireless device
    can function. That is how rfkill should and does behave. I thought ifup worked
    the same as NM in that case. If not, that is a bug in ifup.

    If you have a dead device, you should never load the driver for it. You need to
    blacklist the driver for that Intel device. Then rfkill will show no blocks and
    NM will work.



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    Default Re: D-Link DWA-123 USB Wireless adapter strange issues

    Quote Originally Posted by lwfinger View Post
    If you have a dead device, you should never load the driver for it. You need to
    blacklist the driver for that Intel device. Then rfkill will show no blocks and
    NM will work.
    Man, THANK YOU so much. I would have never guessed that the broken Intel card might be the culprit. You saved me so much hassle.

    Thank you sooo much.

    If it is possible for the forum admins to close this thread as solved. Thank you.


    Cheers,
    AGE_KILLER

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