Netgear WG311V3 NDIS Driver for Linux AMD64

I recently purchased a Netgear PCI Wireless G adapter WG311 for my media center PC. This is one of the cheapest card around. I have chosen the Ubuntu Linux 64 bit os. Now I am a bit of a novice at designing things. I did not reverse engineer my hardware configuration looking at existing driver support. I had not expected non GPLed driver (with NDIS in Linux) support for this card. Things get worse for a 64 bit os as Netgear refuses to support 64 bit platforms for this card. 
The existing driver mentioned on the Ubuntu Support page for WG311V3  wiki page gave me hard time. It refused to work with WPA2 wireless encryption of my WLAN router. Only WEP seemed to work with the older driver .Also, at times, the connection would drop and require a pc restart to make things work again.   

  • You can now download a new driver for the Netgear WG311V3 WLAN Adapter for 64bit Linux . 

  • This is based on the Marvell Libertas drivers version. The previous available driver for linux 64 bit (mentioned in the ubuntu forum post [2] ) was a older release of the Marvell Libertas.
  • The driver package contains 32 bit drivers as well and could be used to install the version of Marvell Libertas 32 bit drivers.
  • The WPA works well with this package for me.
  • Connection dropouts and ndiswrapper hangups have ceased to occur.
  • I am using 1.54 version of NDISWrapper on mythbuntu 9.04 . 
  • Download the driver as mentioned in the link above.
  • Change to the directory you want to extract the driver files. And then run the command 
    • tar -xvzf [driver\download\location\]wg311v3_ndis_amd64.tar.gz
  • Ubuntu Support page for WG311V3  wiki page gives the necessary setup instructions for Ubuntu linux.
  • Other Linux distributions have similar setup procedures.
  • After driver installation, the WLAN configuration needs to be performed. ubuntu comes with auto configuration tools for the same like the network manager in Gnome. The moment the driver is detected, the configuration tools activate themselves automatically. See the WiFi Howto for more information.


Bhagyesh Hede,
Jun 21, 2009, 12:14 AM