HOW-TO: Linksys WUSB54GC Wireless and Ubuntu Linux (7.04 Feisty / 7.10)

July 24, 2007

Drivers for WUSB54GC

Hi, this is a guide I decided to write after buying and installing a Linksys WUSB54GC wireless USB adapter. The guide is very simple.

What you need to get this device going is to install ndiswrapper and the driver. You can use the driver attached to this post (or you can go to Linksys official web-site, download the driver (not the Vista one), unpack it (I know that it is an EXE file, but you can still unpack it) and find the drivers in the Drivers folder – that’s exactly how I got the drivers I attached to this post).

Ok, now the installation procedure. Lets assume you unpacked the drivers into your home directory (~) – the should be three files:

  • rt73.inf
  • rt73.sys

1. Install ndiswrapper:

apt-get install ndiswrapper

2. Change the dir to where your driver files are located:

cd ~

3. Install the drivers:

ndiswrapper -i rt73.inf

ndiswrapper -m

ndiswrapper -mi

ndiswrapper -ma

4. Reboot. Now the device should start working – you can verify that by clicking on the nmapplet or by going to Administration->Network – it should be there and it should show you wireless networks. I got it working that way and it correctly shows the signal strength, connects nicely – works nicely.

Now, why I used ndiswrapper – before I installed and configured ndiswrapper the device was also present and it even showed me the wireless networks, but it did not connect to any network.