Configuring cisco AE 2500 with UBUNTU 10.04 and 12.04 LTS

Today, I was trying to install/configure CISCO AE2500 wireless adopter with my Ubuntu 10.04 and i faced several issues due to incompatibility of device and unavailability of Linux driver. After googling, i found a simple solution.

TO INSTALL ON UBUNTU 10.04

You need an ndiswrapper and device driver both you can download from here. [http://www.mediafire.com/?xdtqnz0yymj] Run the deb file and reboot your system. Hope you will find the wireless signals. I found this video quite helpful.

TO INSTALL ON UBUNTU 12.04 and LTS

You can try with solution mentioned above. It was not working in my case. I configured cisco AE 2500 on my 12.04 UBUNTU machine as:

I had the exact same problem tonight but I was able to get it up and running…Below you will find how I did this

1) Go to http://sourceforge.net/projects/ndiswrapper/files/ and download the ndiswrapper-1.57.tar.gz
2) Download the AE2500 Driver for WINDOWS XP at http://homesupport.cisco.com/en-us/s…dapters/AE2500
3) UNZIP the AE2500 Driver ZIP package from CISCO and then transfer the unzipped folder and ndiswrapper-1.57.tar.gz to a thumbdrive
4) Mount said thumbdrive in your System, bring up terminal and find your thumbdrive (we will say it mounted as MYDRIVE)
*EXAMPLE**
*you@yourputer:/media/MYDRIVE$*
*END EXAMPLE
5) Extract your file ndiswrapper-1.57.tar.gz file
EXAMPLE* *
*you@yourputer:/media/MYDRIVE$tar zxvf ndiswrapper-1.57.tar.gz*
*END EXAMPLE*
6) Navigate to the new directory where ndiswrapper-1.57.tar.gz was unzipped to and run make uninstall followed by the make command, finally run the make install command
EXAMPLE* *
*you@yourputer:/media/MYDRIVE$cd ndiswrapper-1.57 *
*you@yourputer:/media/MYDRIVE/ndiswrapper-1.57$make uninstall*
*BLAH, BLAH, BLAH, BLAH
*BLAH, BLAH, BLAH, BLAH
*BLAH, BLAH, BLAH, BLAH
*you@yourputer:/media/MYDRIVE/ndiswrapper-1.57$make *
*
*BLAH, BLAH, BLAH, BLAH
*BLAH, BLAH, BLAH, BLAH
*BLAH, BLAH, BLAH, BLAH
*you@yourputer:/media/MYDRIVE/ndiswrapper-1.57$sudo make install
*END EXAMPLE*
7) After this gets done executing we are ALMOST ready to make the driver work on Ubuntu we need to find the folder where the .inf and .sys files are (for the WINDOWS XP drivers)…lets assume on the Thumb drive under a folder named XP…navigate to that folder. Once there run the ndiswrapper -i driver.inf command. Then run ndiswrapper -l command, you should see your driver
EXAMPLE* *
*you@yourputer:/media/MYDRIVE$cd xp *
*you@yourputer:/media/MYDRIVE/xp$sudo ndiswrapper -i bcmwlhigh5.inf*
*you@yourputer:/media/MYDRIVE/xp$ndiswrapper -l *
*END EXAMPLE***

8) FINALLY you will complete this last step to load your driver. Run the modprobe ndiswrapper command
EXAMPLE* *
*you@yourputer:/media/MYDRIVE/xp$sudo modprobe ndiswrapper
*END EXAMPLE***

After completing step 8 my USB Adapter started working and I had a list of networks to connect to, connected to my home network and immediately posted my solution here for you to see. I hope this solution works for you, best of luck.

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