Forum member IRCLemur reports his efforts to get his wireless working:
My Netgear WG111v1(rev2) USB dongle is supported by the Prism p54usb driver - and it was once I added the necessary firmware to /lib/firmware.
The card was recognized & would ifconfig & iwconfig properly. However, I couldn't get dhclient to lease an IP from the router after days of trying across multiple distros. A common fix that seemed to work for others but never for me included blacklisting various possible conflicting modules.
But the only thing that's worked for me is this:
Boot into the live environment; There is no need to manually install the proper firmware.
Download the following to an accessible drive when booted into Bodhi:
NOTE: These packages are for Ubuntu Lucid. Be sure that you know release version you are using and that you download the correct packages for your release version.
Once in the live Bodhi environment, simply find the .deb packages and install them in the above order. Then open 'ndisgtk' and install the Windows .ini file associated with your wifi adapter. After that, you might have to remove and plug your adapter back in, or reboot. This method also worked for a Linksys PCI card that is totally unsupported by linux.
While this has worked flawlessly for me across versions of Ubuntu, I can only assume that it will work with other distros and their respective ndiswrapper packages