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Dlink DWL G-132

Update:(09/2010) I made it to work under Linux 32bit. It was rather unspectacular using NDISwrapper. It’s working right now, with no particular problems*.

lsusb gives:

Bus 001 Device 005: ID 2001:3a03 D-Link Corp. [hex] DWL-G132 (no firmware)
I just installed ndisgtk

$ sudo apt-get install ndisgtk

and downloaded the windows drivers from: ftp://ftp.dlink.com/Wireless/dwlg132/Driver/dwlg132_drivers_121.zip

Unzipped them on the desktop, and installed NetA5AGU.inf from ndisgtk (remember to run it with sudo).
NetA5AGU.inf is in Drivers/. I didn’t launch Setup.exe with Wine.
I started working right away with a wonderful 54Mbps connection.
So I don’t have to thinker to install an internal wireless card on this tablet that has a whitelist for permitted wireless cards.

See these two links for a bit of information:

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/WifiDocs/Driver/Ndiswrapper

and

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1117496

a note on the last one: I didn’t find in the drivers and didn’t install athfmwdl.inf.

* (5/09/2010)Actually I have one. I have to put in the usb thingy after gdm logon. At boot I will freeze everything up. I don’t currently know why. Otherwise it works just fine.

Inside the DWL G132 from D-link. The wi-fi dongle will make a friend of yours happy.
As you’re going to give it to him away for free if you are a 64bit Linux user.

dwlg132

This usb Wi-Fi key, rebranded by TIM alice was given to customers some years ago. At that time, 64bit for consumer use were pratically absent. I had my dwl g-132 from a friend (not running 64 bit linux :D).
The Wi-fi IC is an Atheros 5523. Sadly, it seems there are no amd64/ 64bit/x64 XP professional drivers, so it’s pretty useless under 64 bit linux. Trying to run ndiswrapper with the 32 bit XP driver will complain about the 32bit driver.

http://www.dlink-me.com/ftp/Vista/D-Link_Driver_Support_Sheet_64.pdf
It works under Vista 64bit, but Vista driver aren’t supported under ndiswraper so far.

Not providing x64 XP drivers it’s not a Dlink fault, as the dongle is quite old and now discontinued.
Some people claim this dongle has a Marvell chip inside. Mine, at least, it hasn’t, as you can see from the photo. The

Atheros
Note / Chipset WXP 32bit WXP 64bit Vista 32bit Vista 64bit Linux
AR5001A
AR5111/AR5211
Atheros driver for AR5001A - 9× Atheros driver for AR5001A - 1× DRIVER NOT FOUND DRIVER NOT FOUND MadWifi Linux driver for Atheros
AR5001X
AR5111/AR5211/AR2111
Atheros driver for AR5001X - 9× Atheros driver for AR5001X - 1× DRIVER NOT FOUND DRIVER NOT FOUND MadWifi Linux driver for Atheros
AR5001X+
AR5111/AR5212/AR2111
Atheros driver for AR5001X+ - 24× Atheros driver for AR5001X+ - 13× DRIVER NOT FOUND DRIVER NOT FOUND MadWifi Linux driver for Atheros
AR5002G
AR2112/AR5212
Atheros driver for AR5002G - 24× Atheros driver for AR5002G - 13× Atheros driver for AR5002G - 25× Atheros driver for AR5002G - 22× MadWifi Linux driver for Atheros
AR5005UG
AR2112/AR5523
Atheros driver for AR5005UG - 4× DRIVER NOT FOUND Atheros driver for AR5005UG - 1× Atheros driver for AR5005UG - 1× MadWifi Linux driver for Atheros
AR5005UX
AR5112/AR5523
Atheros driver for AR5005UX - 1× DRIVER NOT FOUND Atheros driver for AR5005UX - 1× Atheros driver for AR5005UX - 1× MadWifi Linux driver for Atheros

(from Atheros.cz)

Some people solved the 64bit linux issue by rollbacking to 32bit linux. While I don’t find it clever, if you can’t ditch this old usb key or give it away to a 32bit/XP friend, it’s a chance.
Inside it has an antenna plug,

dwl g-132 antenna plug

dwl g-132 antenna plug

but I didn’t try to see if it’s working.
I will mention a site on external antennas for DWL G-122. It could be handy if you are trying to set hack the exaternal antenna  d-link g132.
Update (02 June 2010): there seems to be a driver for Linux by the Wireless Kernel

Right now it doesn’t compile with my current stock kernel (2.6.32-22-generic)


2 Comments

  1. Michele.Romanini says:

    Hello everyone, as I posted on Raspbian PI forum, here for completeness:

    For the records I have now a WORKING setup with Dlink (D-Link) DWL-G132 [Atheros AR5523]
    kernel version (uname -r) 3.10.25+ wheezy-raspbian up-to-date (april 16th 2014).

    Made the trick installing firmware-atheros from repository:
    deb http://http.debian.net/debian/ wheezy-backports main contrib non-free

    ===

    sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list

    comment out
    deb http://http.debian.net/debian/ wheezy-backports main contrib non-free

    sudo apt-get update

    sudo apt-get remove firmware-atheros (if previously installed)

    sudo apt-get install firmware-atheros

    sudo reboot

    now lsusb does NOT shows DWL-G132 (no firmware) [Atheros AR5532]
    BUT
    Bus 001 Device 006: ID 2001:3a02 D-Link Corp. DWL-G132 [Atheros AR5523]

    while iwconfig finally does its job.

    Don’t forget to restore previous apt-get sources afterward.

    Enjoy!

    Greetings from Verona, Italy
    city of Romeo and Juliet :)

  2. d. says:

    Michele,
    Unfortunately I recently gave away my DWL-G132 and bought a new one for my rPI
    Too late :(
    Thank you anyway for your contribuion
    d.

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