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Old 10-20-2006, 06:10 PM   #1
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USB Wireless Success: Zydas zd1211b on Slackware

Success with Zydas zd1211b adapters on Slackware 10.2 and 11.0

I recently decided to see how well USB wireless works in Linux. I did a lot of reading on the net and it seems that USB wireless is not in great shape as the adapter companies keep changing the ground from underneath us even more often than with Card Bus and PCI adapters.

I can report that I have been successful with two different zd1211b devices:
1) Gigafast WF748-CUI which I purchased at

2) Belkin F5D7050 ver. 4000 which I purchased at my local Wal-mart.

I am using the stock 2.4.xx kernels that are the defaults on Slackware 10.2 and 11.0.

I downloaded the driver from:

and compiled according to the instructions. I would note that while this worked perfectly in Slackware, I was not able to do the same in Debian or Linspire.

I would note that Fry's is selling an adapter that supposedly uses the same Zydas chipset for less than $12 dollars and I have ordered one out of curiosity:

This chipset is supported in the kernel, so in the future it should be a better situation.

Old 10-26-2006, 02:48 AM   #2
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Hi frodo,

I would recommend that you add this to the HCL here at LQ if not already

Bye for now.


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