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Old 11-11-2005, 04:32 AM   #16
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I was reading the installation wiki at sourceforge again, and thought I'd try brining up the interface using "dhclient wlan0" and got:

Listening on LPF/wlan0/00:xx:xx:xx:xx:d5
Sending on   LPF/wlan0/00:xx:xx:xx:xx:d5
Sending on   Socket/fallback
DHCPDISCOVER on wlan0 to port 67 interval 5
DHCPDISCOVER on wlan0 to port 67 interval 11
DHCPDISCOVER on wlan0 to port 67 interval 11
DHCPDISCOVER on wlan0 to port 67 interval 19
DHCPDISCOVER on wlan0 to port 67 interval 15
No DHCPOFFERS received.
No working leases in persistent database - sleeping.
I can't understand what the problem with DHCP is. Don't know if that will help anybody at all, but hey, it's more info, so why not.
Old 11-11-2005, 11:07 AM   #17
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belkin pre-n


have a look here

I have posted here also, and offered guru a card to work on.
Static ip address did not seem to work either.

just for the record I have also tried the Netgear mimo pre-n Drivers which use the same chip, as they are slightly newer, like so
wnihdd50.sys vs
wnihdd51.sys vs

Mike C

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Old 11-11-2005, 07:33 PM   #18
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Thanks for the link, looks like we're not alone. Doesn't look like anybody's been able to get it to work yet either. Hopefully Airgo will make good on their promise to release an open source driver. If you ever do get it working or find out more, post it here, these threads turn up on google when people search, and so far this is the most helpful info on the subject I've found.
Old 11-17-2005, 02:15 PM   #19
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I have been trying to setup my Belkin Pre-N with SuSE 10.0 and have been getting the same error messages. I noticed on the Mandrivia forum someone had similar problems, he posted the following:

The contents of both /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/wireless.d/Wireless and /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-wlan0 are:


When I get home tonight I am going to check out those file and verify that IPv6 is off. Will let you know if I find out anything.
Old 11-17-2005, 03:08 PM   #20
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Did he get it working?

I have tride both static and dhcp addresses, as well as turning ipv6 off

sadly no joy
Old 12-05-2005, 03:43 PM   #21
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Belkin FSD8230 pre-N router question

Reading the posts here, it does'nt sound like a good idea for me to purchase the pre-N desktop card for my PC running SuSe 10.0.

I also own a laptop which has the Broadcom BCM4318 AirForce One 80211g controller.

How does the Belkin FSD8230 fare with wireless-G cards and controllers from other vendors?

What will I lose in performance using a wireless-G card/controller to connect to the Belkin pre-N router?

Did I read correctly that somebody here is using the pre-N router simply as a WAP? If so, please post howto details here.
Old 01-30-2006, 10:34 PM   #22
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I have nothing to add to this except my complete attention. I've had Pre-N on my laptop and desktop, and they work great, just what I needed, except when I need to get online with Linux, in which case I hafta swap out my card and make do. Is that right, Airgo says they're going to release an open source driver?
Old 01-30-2006, 10:49 PM   #23
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I've temporarily abandoned trying to get this working, since I recently got a new laptop, but when I contacted Airgo they said they had plans to release an open source driver, but gave no specific date. However, D-Link has a USB adapter that supports 108 MBPS that is listed as working under ndiswrapper. From the wiki:

# Card: D-Link DWL-G132 Airplus XtremeG (word)

* Chipset: Atheros? double... H/W ver.:A2 F/W ver.:1.02
* Other: needs both athfmwdl.inf and NETA5AGU.inf to run.

# Card: D-Link DWL-G132 Airplus XtremeG rev. A2 (USB)

* Chipset: Atheros
* Driver: neta5agu.inf 1.01.41 from D-Link's site. Need to compile utils/load_fw_ar5523 and use it to load firmware that ships w/ driver (ar5523.bin) before loading ndiswrapper.
* Other: Working w/ ndiswrapper-1.6rc1. Full step-by-step posted in forum [32].
* Other: With ndiswrapper version 1.7 (and later), load_fw_ar5523 is not used; instead, install both neta5agu and athfmwdl drivers. With that, ndiswrapper will load the firmware when necessary.
Old 02-12-2006, 05:03 AM   #24
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Belkin Pren-N NDIS Wrapper now available

Hi Team

NDISWrapper 1.9RC2 now has support for this

ard: Belkin F5D8010

* Chipset: Airgo networks Pre-N
* pciid: 17CB:0001
* Driver: Driver for Netgear WPNT511 [29], version 06/30/2005, Tested with snapshot of 2006-02-02 with WPA2-PSK

Mike C

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Old 02-12-2006, 07:56 AM   #25
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Awesome man! As soon as I get my desktop back up and running, I can finally run linux (I seem to have fried my board when I had to uninstall and re-install it like 6 times into my new case because the liquid cooling system that came with the case didn't work ). I still wonder if Airgo will ever release that driver they promised us. In the meantime, at least we have this!
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Belkin 8010 Pre-n on Fedora

this looks like excellent news, but I can't find the windows driver for the netgear WPNT511 !! I can only find the firmware posted to the Netgear web. Is the windows driver included in the firmware download? It looks as though the WPNT511 is a newer card than the date listed: 06/30/2005 . Do you have a link to the windows driver software file?

Why wouldn't we use the Belkin 8010 windows driver?


Old 02-20-2006, 09:56 AM   #27
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I'm pretty sure that the driver is in the firmware download. Netgear's always been like that, making things just a tad confusing. As I understand it, the Belkin drivers are a bit dodgy because they're some of the first of this pre-N generation to come out, and are just a bit buggy. I couldn't get the Belkin pre-N card to maintain a connection on my desktop, but have been doing fine with Linksys's drivers. I haven't had time to go back and attempt this hack (did once, failed), but I say give it a try with the Netgear gear, and tell us the results.
Old 03-12-2006, 09:34 PM   #28
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Belkin "Pre-n" desktop card - working...


Finally got my pre-N card working on a Dell Dimension 5100. Thought I'd recap some of the issues I faced.

1) Discovery of the card: At first lscpi could see the CardBus Controller but not the Wireless card. This turned out to be an issue with PCI bus configuration of my machine. In a nutshell, the
Bus that the card was on could not be detected. The fix was to add


to the boot parameters of my kernel (easily done a boot using grub's interface, or via grub.conf permanently). This resulted in the following lspci:

[ben@pretzel ~]$ /sbin/lspci
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation 945G/P Memory Controller Hub (rev 02)
00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 945G/P PCI Express Graphics Port (rev 02)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 1 (rev 01)
00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI #1 (rev 01)
00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI #2 (rev 01)
00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI #3 (rev 01)
00:1d.3 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI #4 (rev 01)
00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller (rev 01)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 PCI Bridge (rev e1)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82801GB/GR (ICH7 Family) LPC Interface Bridge (rev 01)
00:1f.1 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) IDE Controller (rev 01)
00:1f.2 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801GB/GR/GH (ICH7 Family) Serial ATA Storage Controllers cc=IDE (rev 01)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) SMBus Controller (rev 01)
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc RV370 5B62 [Radeon X600 (PCIE)]
01:00.1 Display controller: ATI Technologies Inc Radeon X600(RV380)
03:02.0 CardBus bridge: Ricoh Co Ltd RL5c475 (rev 81)
03:03.0 Multimedia audio controller: Creative Labs SB Audigy (rev 04)
03:03.1 Input device controller: Creative Labs SB Audigy MIDI/Game port (rev 04)
03:03.2 FireWire (IEEE 1394): Creative Labs SB Audigy FireWire Port (rev 04)
03:08.0 Ethernet controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) LAN Controller (rev 01)
04:00.0 Ethernet controller: Airgo Networks Inc: Unknown device 0001 (rev 01)

Without the pci=..., the last line was missing.

2) I then made the mistake of loading the drivers that came with my card. the ndiswrapper doc warns against this (for good reason), but I did it anyway. Seems the Belkin supplied driver is, possibly, a tad old.

-r-xr-xr-x 1 ben ben 37943 Aug 13 2004 NetAni.inf
-r-xr-xr-x 1 ben ben 753664 Aug 13 2004 wnihdd51.sys
-r-xr-xr-x 1 ben ben 6838 Aug 13 2004 wni6000.bin

If you download the Netgear WPNT511 driver (the firmware download) you'd find the timestamp is newer (for what that's worth) and that the sizes are different:

-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 36496 Nov 10 21:35 NETANI.INF
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 6426 Nov 10 21:35 wni6000.bin
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 845312 Nov 10 21:35 WniHdd51.sys

After installing the Belkin version, I had a number of errors on loading, here's an example:

Mar 11 02:42:01 localhost kernel: ndiswrapper (NdisWriteErrorLogEntry:232): code: 543584032
Mar 11 02:42:01 localhost kernel: ndiswrapper (NdisWriteErrorLogEntry:232): code: 1735287154
Mar 11 02:42:01 localhost kernel: ndiswrapper (NdisWriteErrorLogEntry:232): code: 811278437
Mar 11 02:42:02 localhost kernel: wlan0: vendor: 'Belkin Wireless Pre-N Notebook Network Card'

With the Netgear version, all went well. I do, however, get one minor error:

Mar 12 21:53:54 localhost kernel: ndiswrapper (iw_set_bitrate:519): setting bit rate failed (C00000BB)

But this seems not be be a problem.

My ifcfg-wlan0 file looks as follows:

# Please read /usr/share/doc/initscripts-*/sysconfig.txt
# for the documentation of these parameters.
RATE='108 Mb/s'

BTW, I'm running with the following kernel:

Linux pretzel 2.6.15-1.1833_FC4smp #1 SMP Wed Mar 1 23:56:51 EST 2006 i686 i686 i386 GNU/Linux

Seems the kernel was built with:

# PCCARD (PCMCIA/CardBus) support

Relevant DMESG stuff:

Yenta: CardBus bridge found at 0000:03:02.0 [0000:0000]
Yenta: ISA IRQ mask 0x0000, PCI irq 177
Socket status: 30000820
pcmcia: parent PCI bridge I/O window: 0xc000 - 0xcfff
cs: IO port probe 0xc000-0xcfff: clean.
pcmcia: parent PCI bridge Memory window: 0xefb00000 - 0xefbfffff
pcmcia: parent PCI bridge Memory window: 0x88000000 - 0x89ffffff
ieee1394: Initialized config rom entry `ip1394'
pccard: CardBus card inserted into slot 0
ndiswrapper: driver netani (Airgo Networks, Inc.,06/30/2005, loaded
PCI: Enabling device 0000:04:00.0 (0000 -> 0002)
ACPI: PCI Interrupt 0000:04:00.0[A] -> GSI 18 (level, low) -> IRQ 177
ndiswrapper: using irq 177
ohci1394: $Rev: 1313 $ Ben Collins <>
ACPI: PCI Interrupt 0000:03:03.2[B] -> GSI 16 (level, low) -> IRQ 169
ohci1394: fw-host0: OHCI-1394 1.1 (PCI): IRQ=[169] MMIO=[efbfa800-efbfafff] Max Packet=[2048]
wlan0: vendor: 'Airgo Networks True MIMO (tm) Wireless Adapter'
wlan0: ndiswrapper ethernet device 00:11:50:2e:4c:49 using driver netani, 17CB:0001:17CB:0001.5.conf
wlan0: encryption modes supported: WEP; TKIP with WPA, WPA2, WPA2PSK; AES/CCMP with WPA, WPA2, WPA2PSK

Finally, I'm using NdisWrapper 1.10

Best luck to those of you with similar issues. This post is coming from my linux box so things will work in the end!
Old 03-15-2006, 01:38 AM   #29
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F5D8010 working with ndiswrapper and Netgear driver

Well that pretty much sums it up.

System configuration is Gentoo Linux with kernel 2.6.15, ndiswrapper 1.9 and Netgear WPNT511 NDIS driver v1.2 with a timestamp on the driver files of Nov 10 2005 @ 21:35.

Network is running off the corresponding Belkin Pre-N router, WPA-PSK using AES/CCMP. wpa_supplicant is working fine (finally...)

No known issues as of this writing.

Thanks to all who made this possible (especially those in this forum who provided the infomation above) and if anyone has a question that I may be able to answer to get yours working too, let me know.

- Siobhan.
Old 04-25-2006, 10:27 PM   #30
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I followed the above notes and successfully configured my pre-N card with encryption, wep. The problem I'm having is the pci card interferes with the graphics display. My X desktop fails to come up.

I have 2 systems running Suse 10. One is a dfi lanparty ultra using a pci express graphics subsystem. The other is an Asus agp 8x graphics subsystem. The same thing happens with both systems.

They boot up successfully. However, instead of having the graphics login panel come up, I get a black text based login console. The pre-N pci card must be in conflict with the graphics subsystem. When I remove the card, the system comes up fine.

Also, the kernel parameter above, is it incorrectly spelled? pci=assign-busses.
I tried entering this command in the grub boot loader but it seemed to have no affect.

I'd be greatful if anyone could suggest a direction to pursue.
Kind regards.


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