Sunday, June 24, 2007

The final verdict on support for the D-Link DWL-650 Rev. P1 in Ubuntu 7.10 "Gutsy Gibbon" Tribe 1 is in. Everything works like a charm.

There are a couple things you will need to do in order to have your card fully functional. First, you *will* need the firmware available at http://www.red-bean.com/~proski/firmware/ (just download latest-prism.tar.bz2 and extract pm010102.hex and rf010804.hex). I would recommend putting the files in /lib/firmware (in my case, I've put them in /lib/firmware/dwl-650).

With the firmware in place, edit /etc/network/interfaces like so:

...
auto wlan0
iface wlan0 inet dhcp
fw_primary /lib/firmware/dwl-650/pm010102.hex
fw_secondary /lib/firmware/dwl-650/rf010804.hex
...


The final yet very important step is to install hostap-utils. From a terminal type:

sudo apt-get install hostap-utils
That should be it! Now reboot, and your card should light on up. Networks should appear in the Network Manager, assuming there are some to connect to.

If you have any problems, first check to make sure hostap_cs is loading by running lsmod, then check to make sure your card is being recognized by running lspcmcia. If everything seems okay, try blacklisting the orinoco_cs module.

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