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Thread: WiFi troubleshooting : DWL-G132 (no firmware) [Atheros AR5523]

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    WiFi troubleshooting : DWL-G132 (no firmware) [Atheros AR5523]

    Hi all,
    I have tried to make a DWL-G132 [Atheros AR5523] work for a lot of time.

    I am currently running

    DISTRIB_DESCRIPTION="Kali GNU/Linux Rolling"
    PRETTY_NAME="Kali GNU/Linux Rolling"
    NAME="Kali GNU/Linux"

    on VMware 14

    I have installer the atheros drivers.

    lsusb returns:
    Bus 001 Device 002: ID 2001:3a03 D-Link Corp. DWL-G132 (no firmware) [Atheros AR5523]
    Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
    Bus 002 Device 003: ID 0e0f:0002 VMware, Inc. Virtual USB Hub
    Bus 002 Device 002: ID 0e0f:0003 VMware, Inc. Virtual Mouse
    Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub

    dmesg returns::
    4.106349] usb 1-1: firmware: failed to load ar5523.bin (-2)
    [ 4.106350] firmware_class: See for information about missing firmware
    [ 4.106351] usb 1-1: Direct firmware load for ar5523.bin failed with error -2
    [ 4.106353] usb 1-1: no firmware found: ar5523.bin
    [ 4.106360] ar5523: probe of 1-1:1.0 failed with error -2
    [ 4.106381] usbcore: registered new interface driver ar5523
    [ 4.124024] [drm] Initialized vmwgfx 2.15.0 20180704 for 0000:00:0f.0 on minor 0
    [ 4.134923] RAPL PMU: API unit is 2^-32 Joules, 5 fixed counters, 10737418240 ms ovfl timer

    Any help would be appreciated

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    I can't stress enough how important it is to read the error messages, as they often tell you exactly what's wrong. In this specific case, on top of it, if you follow the link you show in the dmesg output, then search for ar5523 on that page, then click on its link, it will tell you that you need firmware-atheros package:

    so, run "apt-get install firmware-atheros" then reboot

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