Re: Problems with Airlink 101 Golden N on Fedora 13
I managed to get this dongle going.
It involved installing the kernel sources, downloading stuff from RealTek, and a bit of command line stuff. If this is not for you, give up now, and wait for fedora or someone to make it easier.
First, find RTL8191SU_usb_linux_v2.6.0006.20100601.zip, and download it
to ~/Downloads. (A later version may be better.)
I got it by drilling down in the Realtek site. It can also be found on the web.
Then, sudo yum install gcc kernel-PAE-devel kernel-headers patch make.
This should equip you with the magic to install driver code.
(If you are using PAE!)
Then do something like: unzip ~/Downloads/RTL..ditto..zip. Somewhere in here
you will find a tar.gz file. Go to the directory it is in, and untar it. Go into
the directory and type make. If everything seems ok, type sudo make install.
Now go to some folder up a little, and nearby, called firmware. sudo cp -a the single
directory in it into /lib/firmware, ie
sudo cp -a firmware/* /lib/firmware.
Probably do a sudo /sbin/depmod -a.
By a process of iterating through the above, or something close to it, and
rebooting from time to time, you will wind up at a point that if you plug the
dongle in, it will be recognised, and the firmware loaded into it. It should
now show up if you type "iwconfig" as wlan0, or something that wasn't there
Now it is just a matter of persuading the thing to connect to your favourite
wireless network. I forget how I did this, but probably it was just a matter
of using my window manager's network gizmo.
I'm sorry to be imprecise -- it's not an experience I want to remember -- but
I just wanted to reassure you that with an hour or two's persistence, and average
googling skills, it can be made to work. The trickiest part is getting the driver
to compile, which is google-able voodoo.
You have to go through this nonsense whenever you update your kernel.
I hope that's of some interest.