Originally Posted by panchotrinidad
I need help to setup a Compact Wireless-G USB Network Adapter (WUSB54GC) on Fedora 12.
There is probably a built-in driver module for that device. Probably a firmware package, too.
Go to linuxwireless.org. See the "Users" section. See the "Devices" section. See the "USB Devices" section. Page search for the device. It may help find a driver to work with. If you find it, then go to that driver's section at linuxwireless.org to find out about it and anything it needs (e.g., firmware) and what it can and can't do yet. And here is how to determine if Fedora already has the driver...
modprobe --list | grep [driver_name_here]
If you find that Fedora does not have the driver your card needs, then go to the manufacturer's website. They sometimes have Linux drivers.
If you find that you also need firmware, then look in the Fedora repo for it. There are firmware packages there for many of Fedora's wireless drivers, and they can be installed with yum. Otherwise, go back to the manufacturer for a Linux driver and firmware.
If the model number didn't yield anything at linuxwireless.org, then identify the PCI-ID number of the device as follows. Connect and turn on the device. Open a terminal in Fedora and...
That result may include a PCI-ID number for your device. A PCI-ID number will look something like this: 13b1:0020. The first part of the number is the vendor ID and the second part is the product ID. Use that number to search again in the USB device list at linuxwireless.org to try and determine what driver and firmware is known to work with it.
Reboot the computer with the wireless device connected and turned on. Look at the list of installed kernel modules...
The kernel is often good about detecting a device and loading a module for it when it has one. You might spot in that list a wireless USB driver module from the list at linuxwireless.org (e.g., zd1211rw, pb54usb, rt73usb, etc., etc.). If that happens even though the device is not yet working, then go back to linuxwireless.org and find out if you need to install a firmware package for the driver. Many wireless firmware softwares are available in the fedora repos. Others can be found at manufacturer's websites.
Do a Google search with this search term...
Use Google's "Advanced Search" to restrict the search even further to the past year. You might find a thread that will help.
Try searching with the PCI-ID number.
Try a broader unrestricted Google search.
Anyway, do your best. If you succeed, you should return and document for the record what happened. If you have troubles, then return and tell in detail what you tried that did not work. Also mention the PCI-ID number that you learned from your wireless device. Someone, I'm sure, will be able to help.