So I have tried everything I know. I have also installed
firmware-atheros as suggested in some other posts.
I don't understand why my AR9721 USB Adapter isn't working because I seem to have everything I need.
For reference, here's my
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0003 Linux Foundation 3.0 root hub Bus 001 Device 005: ID 0bda:565a Realtek Semiconductor Corp. Bus 001 Device 004: ID 27c6:538d Bus 001 Device 007: ID 0cf3:9271 Atheros Communications, Inc. AR9271 802.11n Bus 001 Device 006: ID 8087:0aaa Intel Corp. Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
and here's my
lsmod | grep ath output-
ath9k_htc 77824 0 ath9k_common 36864 1 ath9k_htc ath9k_hw 475136 2 ath9k_htc,ath9k_common ath 32768 3 ath9k_htc,ath9k_common,ath9k_hw mac80211 770048 2 ath9k_htc,iwlmvm cfg80211 679936 7 ath9k_htc,wl,ath9k_common,iwlmvm,ath,iwlwifi,mac80211
So I seem to have the relevant modules and the device is getting detected as a usb device but it just doesn't work?
I don't really want to use it with my eOS but with my Kali VM in Virtualbox. That, however cannot be done if the device isn't being recognized as a Wi-Fi adapter.
ifconfig -a doesn't show the adapter either-
lo: flags=73<UP,LOOPBACK,RUNNING> mtu 65536 inet 127.0.0.1 netmask 255.0.0.0 inet6 ::1 prefixlen 128 scopeid 0x10<host> loop txqueuelen 1000 (Local Loopback) RX packets 687 bytes 93330 (93.3 KB) RX errors 0 dropped 0 overruns 0 frame 0 TX packets 687 bytes 93330 (93.3 KB) TX errors 0 dropped 0 overruns 0 carrier 0 collisions 0 wlp0s20f3: flags=4163<UP,BROADCAST,RUNNING,MULTICAST> mtu 1500 inet 192.168.5.78 netmask 255.255.254.0 broadcast 192.168.5.255 inet6 fe80::e4df:33c8:597d:a7aa prefixlen 64 scopeid 0x20<link> ether 90:78:41:07:77:45 txqueuelen 1000 (Ethernet) RX packets 13912 bytes 2799094 (2.7 MB) RX errors 0 dropped 0 overruns 0 frame 0 TX packets 3548 bytes 790391 (790.3 KB) TX errors 0 dropped 0 overruns 0 carrier 0 collisions 0
The only adapter being shown here is my integrated Intel Wireless card in my laptop.
The Atheros card is nowhere to be found. Not even in
lshw -c network-
*-network description: Ethernet interface product: Intel Corporation vendor: Intel Corporation physical id: 14.3 bus info: pci@0000:00:14.3 logical name: wlp0s20f3 version: 00 serial: 90:78:41:07:77:45 width: 64 bits clock: 33MHz capabilities: pm msi pciexpress msix bus_master cap_list ethernet physical configuration: broadcast=yes driver=iwlwifi driverversion=5.0.0-37-generic firmware=48.13675109.0 ip=192.168.5.78 latency=0 link=yes multicast=yes resources: irq:16 memory:a1218000-a121bfff
EDIT: I am confident that the adapter is fully functional as it works with my Windows install. I prefer to work in Linux, however and it is extremely inconvinient to drop all my work and boot into Windows to use Kali in VB.