Wireless Network Detected via SCAN command, but not by Network Managet.

Hi All,

My NETGEAR-WNDA3100 wireless USB adapter seems to be set up correctly; driver installed via NDISWRAPPER and firmware seems to work fine. The USB Adapter is blinking as if in a LISTENING mode. Unfortunately, the NETWORK MANAGER does not detect any network other than the Wired one (the signal is strong as Win XP alternative boot has no problem with it).

Heres is an output to a couple of command line checks:

linux-kuwl:~ # /usr/sbin/iwconfig
lo        no wireless extensions.

eth0      no wireless extensions.

ath0      IEEE 802.11-MIMO  ESSID:""  
          Mode:Managed  Frequency:2.462 GHz  Access Point: Not-Associated   
          Bit Rate:54 Mb/s   Tx-Power=off   Sensitivity=0/3  
          Retry:off   RTS thr:off   Fragment thr:off
          Encryption key:off
          Power Management:off
linux-kuwl:~ # sudo /usr/sbin/iwlist scan
lo        Interface doesn't support scanning.

eth0      Interface doesn't support scanning.

ath0      Scan completed :
          Cell 01 - Address: 00:22:6B:EB:B1:E8
                    ESSID:"Wireless Net"
                    Frequency:2.462 GHz (Channel 11)
                    Quality=120/100  Signal level=60/154  Noise level=0/154
                    Encryption key:on
                    Bit Rates:1 Mb/s; 2 Mb/s; 5.5 Mb/s; 11 Mb/s; 6 Mb/s
                              9 Mb/s; 12 Mb/s; 18 Mb/s; 24 Mb/s; 36 Mb/s
                              48 Mb/s; 54 Mb/s

linux-kuwl:~ # logout

It seems like a basic configuration error but I am running out of options after many hours of experimenting and countless reboots I humbly ask for your help.

Few more details from dmesg:

this is refering to the windows 64 bit driver:

8.523652] arusb_lnx: module is from the staging directory, the quality is unknown, you have been warned.
8.526170] arusb - version

and this to the WiFi Adapter WNDA3100:

1.617155] usb 1-3: new high speed USB device using ehci_hcd and address 2
1.830894] usb 1-3: New USB device found, idVendor=0846, idProduct=9010
1.830897] usb 1-3: New USB device strings: Mfr=16, Product=32, SerialNumber=48
1.830898] usb 1-3: Product: USB2.0 WLAN
1.830900] usb 1-3: Manufacturer: ATHER
1.830901] usb 1-3: SerialNumber: 12345

and this could have something to do with it:

9.322554] ndiswrapper version 1.55 loaded (smp=yes, preempt=yes)
9.368597] usbcore: registered new interface driver ndiswrapper
9.402248] Adding 2103292k swap on /dev/sdc5.  Priority:-1 extents:1 across:2103292k 
9.630996] device-mapper: uevent: version 1.0.3
9.631156] device-mapper: ioctl: 4.17.0-ioctl (2010-03-05) initialised: [email]dm-devel@redhat.com[/email]
9.867778] ieee1394: Host added: ID:BUS[0-00:1023]  GUID[001b54240000241d]

I’ve heard of people having a LOT of issues using this card/chipset with NDISWRAPPER. I would try to set it up without it, if possible.
There seems to be drivers available for it. Your card has the ar9170 chipset most likely. (your card is listed in their chart)
ar9170 - Linux Wireless
That driver doesn’t have support for wireless n, but the driver it’s based on (otis) does. You might want to look around for that.
The link I gave you has all the information you should need to test the driver/firmware to see if it works for you.