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Old 08-31-2003, 02:39 PM   #1
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Siemens SpeedStream 1024


I recently purchased a Siemens SpeedStream 1024 PCI WLAN adapter. So recently, in fact, that it hasn't arrived yet. The product description said that Linux was a supported OS, which I noticed because most companies that have Linux support through no effort of their own won't admit it. It appears, though, that support is, or (hopefully) was, in fact shaky for this device. At least version 2, which switched from a Prism chipset to a Broadcom chipset. What is the status of support for the SpeedStream 1024, or Broadcom WLAN chipsets in Linux? Specifically, I am using Mandrake 9.1, which has had several of its components upgraded, including the kernel (to version 2.4.21). Many pages on the Internet that give information about the device and Linux have no date so it's hard to know what the current status is.

P.S. There is a Belkin F5D6001 on sale in my local area that I could switch out for if this doesn't work. Does anyone know how that one works with Linux? I've seen conflicting reports on that one as well.
 
Old 08-31-2003, 07:22 PM   #2
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If the Belkin is a Version 1 its just another over-supported Prism card, if its a Version 2 its a ADMtek card, also supported, directly from ADMtek.com.tw, by their drivers, that are easy to compile.

If the Speedstream is a Broadcom card, you're stuffed... there doesn't seem to be any people trying to get these to work. Broadcom has released no specs and a blackboxed driver is a nightmare to try and code.

Cheers,

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Old 08-31-2003, 07:44 PM   #3
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recommendations?

Well I suppose I will return it then...they claim Linux support on the product page, maybe I can get them to pay return shipping.

If this Belkin doesn't pan out is there a good PCI (preferred) or USB adapter supported by Linux that you know of?

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Old 08-31-2003, 07:48 PM   #4
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If, if the Speedstream is a Broadcom card... wait till the puppy gets here at least... its easy enough to tell, heck... get it out of the box and there should be an inch by inch chip in the middle of the card with a Pfat "Broadcom" printed on it. Aside from that, pop it in and run "/sbin/lspci"

That Belkin actually looks like a good call. Everyone: Dlink, Linksys, Netgear... have all changed their PCI offerings recently without changing the model number, and from supported to unsupported or vice versa... Belkin went from a supported card to a different supported card, go Belkin!

Cheers,

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Old 09-01-2003, 09:38 AM   #5
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by all accounts the SpeedStream 1024 is a Broadcom card...there appear to be two versions, a Prism-based one and a Broadcom one. The Broadcom is the newer version. I downloaded the 8211 driver from that web site, thanks. It compiled fine with minor tweaking, and it appears to support all the features I need. I am pretty sure I am going to get the Belkin here at the local OfficeMax, but I probably will wait to open it until the SpeedStream arrives from Amazon.
 
  


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