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How to get Netgear WNDA3100 to run under Debian 6Comments (1)
This post will help you get the wifi usb dongle Netgear WNDA 3100 based on the Atheros AR9170 chipset, to run on Debian 6, also known as Wheezy.
First add a non-free repository to /etc/apt/sources.list:
deb http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian squeeze main contrib non-free
Now update the packages and install the firmware using:
apt-get update && apt-get install firmware-atheros
Plug in the dongle again (remove first if inserted) and the firmware should be loaded and you should see some wireless networks.
If this is not working, try:
modprobe -r ar9170usb