[NBLUG/talk] Wireless Card Setup

Robert Hayes rhayes at silcom.com
Tue Apr 27 12:50:04 PDT 2004

Oye. Good luck.

I bought a Belkin card early on because it was a good deal (~$19)

Some people have reported success with it, but many more not. 
Be aware that there were several chipsets in use in that same model card. 
I was running debian, and that may have added to the frustration level.
The most clear-cut directions I found for getting the card working were at:






In the end, I traded for a linksys card that didn't work for beans in my 
friends' WinXP laptop. We traded cards on a whim to try, and found that the 
Belkin gave her GREAT performance, and the Linksys gave me GREAT performance 
(and was instantly recognized).
Can ya feel the love?

Good luck!

On Tuesday 27 April 2004 12:17 pm, Bryce Hardy wrote:
> On Tuesday 27 April 2004 10:01 am, Augie Schwer wrote:
> > What kind of information is YAST asking for?
> Module Name--manufacturer's website implies the answer to that;
> Options for the above--no clue;
> Whether it's a PCMCIA device or not--no clue;
> Operating Mode, with five choices--manufacturer's website implies the
> answer: Network Name (ESSID)--retrieved from the router's web interface;
> Netword Identifier (NWID)--no clue;
> Encryption Key--retrieved from the web interface, but in a format that
> doesn't match the input fields;
> Nickname--no clue;
> Network Address Setup: whether to use DHCP automatic addressing or static
> IP--I assume the former but could be wrong;
> Default Gateway--no clue about that;
> DHCP Client Identifier--ditto.
> All of these are intertwined in several layers of nested dialogues, each
> with their own mini sub-options and so on. I'm kind of lost here.
> I haven't tried to run a wire, since I don't have an ethernet port on this
> older box, so it's either the wireless card or an ethernet card and I
> already bought the former. BTW it's a Belkin Wireless Desktop Network Card,
> Model F5D6001. The website has a Linux page with hard for non-techies like
> me to understand instructions. Thanks for your responses.

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