Setup of the Wireless card in Linux
Tested with Red Hat 7.1, 7.3 and Mandrake 8.1 If you are using a stock
debian setup (any version) get yourself a 2.4 kernel and modules (2.4.14,
2.4.16, and 2.4.17) or compile your own.
Make sure you have wireless-tools, and pcmcia-cs installed (these are
packages for your distro)
Edit: /etc/pcmica/config, search for the stanza of your card. Replace
whatever module it is loading now (usually wvlan_cs), with orinoco_cs. For
the Belkin Card.
card "Intersil PRISM2 11 Mbps Wireless Adapter"
manfid 0x0156, 0x0002
Edit: /etc/pcmcia/wireless.opts, for your card, and for the all inclusive
entry you should enter the correct ESSID for the network you intend to use, and the correct channel for your network and all that. Channel 6 seems to be default on most hardware. Here's an example of something similar to what you
# orinoco_cs (Intersil PRISM2 11 Mbps Wireless Adapter)
INFO=" orinoco_cs "
Edit: /etc/pcmcia/network.opts, and enter the correct ip address, and
gateway information for your network, or simply rely on DHCP.
case "$Address" in
Now restart pcmcia services. (/etc/init.d/pcmcia restart
If it doesn't work
tail -f /var/log/syslog then put the card in, Make sure all the Settings are
if syslog looks ok, run iwconfig. Make Sure you associating with the correct
if iwconfig looks alright, run ifconfig. make sure your ip address is
Linux software drivers for Belkin network adapters are developed
independently by third-party developers who support the Linux open source
philosophy. Belkin is not responsible for guaranteeing the compatibility of its adapters with Linux, since it does not control how or by whom network
drivers are developed.
You can find drivers for the ATMEL chipset (in all our wireless networking devices except the F5D6020 V.1), through the following web site.