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ZyXEL NWD2205 (Mini USB WiFi Adapter, 802.11n)

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ZyXEL NWD2205 (Mini USB WiFi Adapter, 802.11n)
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Updated: 26/05/2016 10:35

Review of Linux Compatibility

The ZyXEL NWD2205 is a very small USB WiFi adapter with the USB ID 0586:341f:

Bus 001 Device 004: ID 0586:341f ZyXEL Communications Corp. NWD2205 802.11n Wireless N Adapter [Realtek RTL8192CU]

The stick bases on the Realtek RTL8192CU chipset, which is supported under Linux by the rtl819x kernel module (e.g. since Ubuntu 12.10).

Alternatively, under older kernel version (up to version 3.4) the original Realtek driver can be used. This driver can be downloaded from the Realtek homepage.
The Realtek driver needs to be compiled and installed per hand. The installation script, which is included in the downloaded packages will take care of this (it is possible that the script needs to be changed to an executable file firs):

chmod a+x

To suppress the automatic loading of the kernel module rtl8192cu from the standard Linux kernel if the Realtrek driver should be used instead, one has to list the rtl8192cu in one of the blacklist files at /etc/modprobe.d. The following lines have to be added:

#blacklist realtek wireless n drivers for Zyxel nwd2205
blacklist rtl8192cu

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2 Responses to “ZyXEL NWD2205 (Mini USB WiFi Adapter, 802.11n)”

  • ミッコ says:

    Works but doesn’t find my network

    • AMD_Fan says:

      I assume that this is a result of a misconfiguration of the network device and not of the hardware driver itself. Is the network interface shown by “ifconfig”, e.g. wlan0?

      What output do you get by “iwlist wlan0 scanning” ? Does this show the ESSID of the access point or the MAC address of the cell?

      Could you provide the output of “dmesg” in order to see if there are any suspicious logs?

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