HOWTO Install Belkin F5D7010 wireless card with pci id 1799:701f on fiesty

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This is for the realtek chipset, where the drivers on the CD are blkwgn7.inf, etc.
Belkin changes the chipset for this card (the F5D7010) with each version that they release. Therefore, this HOWTO is only expected to work with version 7 of the card. It was very difficult to identify the chipset. I checked the database to determine my chipset. Other chipsets that have been used for different versions of this card include Atheros and BCM4306.

Install ndiswrapper-utils.

sudo apt-get install ndiswrapper-utils

You can go to and search for 8185. This will take you to a driver download page. Download the drivers only, not the software.

make sure the card is inserted.

unzip the file and run (in the directory where the inf, cat, and sys files are):

sudo ndiswrapper -m

This adds the module alias to ndiswrapper under wlan0

sudo ndiswrapper -i net8185.inf

This copies the driver files to the /etc/ndiswrapper directory and configures ndiswrapper to use them. This is the driver installation. Make sure you are in the same directory as, net8185.sys, and net8185.inf.

sudo ndiswrapper -a 1799:701f net8185

This tells ndiswrapper to use the net8185 driver you just installed with your wireless card.

sudo modprobe ndiswrapper

This loads the ndiswrapper module to get the wifi card running.

sudo -i
echo ndiswrapper >> /etc/modules

Once these commands have been run, you should be able to use NetworkManager to configure the card. WPA/WPA2 has not been tested, can connect to network that is WEP/hidden.

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1 Response

  1. Per Rethmeier says:


    This is from belkin
    Dear customer

    This issue has been escalated to me, please accept my appologies for any inconvenience caused.

    we do not support Linux operating systems on this card and therefore my agents correctly did not advise you of a solution.

    I have however installed this card F5d7010 V1 succesfully on ubuntu 8.10 using ndiswrapper.

    The instructions on how I installed this is mentioned below, but belkin cannot asume any liability if this damages your computer or the card. therefore you should follow the below mentioned procedure at your own risk.

    1) download and extract the driver only package into a folder on your linux pc from here –

    2) make sure that Ndiswrapper is installed on your pc.

    3) in the extracted files you will find a bcmwl5.inf use the following command as root
    ndiswrapper -i /location of the file/bcmwl5.inf

    4)use the following command to see if the card is installed correctly
    ndiswrapper -l
    you will something like device present, driver present

    5) now to bring up the wireless card use the following command
    modprobe ndiswrapper

    6) reboot your computer and use a network manager software to find wireless network and connect.

    If this does not work , please check forums and wiki documents for ndiswrapper.

    kind regards

    Rashied Abdoel
    Technical Support Escalations Coordinator
    Belkin Ltd.

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