Ovislink Airlive WL-1100AP Access Point
Ovislink Airlive WL-1100PCM PCMCIA Adapter
Belkin F5D7050 ver 1000

On this page you will a find a short guide on how to set up this wireless hardware under Linux.
I wrote it because when I searched google I found nothing about this Hardware.

Link to Belkin F5D7050 ver 1000

You can find the latest updates to this file on http://www.fuschlberger.net/wlan/.

All comments, suggestions etc. are welcome. Please contact me at wf-hp@gmx.net.

A few days ago I decided to get me a a wireless LAN-Card together with an access-point (short AP) to avoid 20 metres of Twisted-Pair Cable lying through the corridors of my home.

I chose the Ovislink hardware, because on the box of the PCMCIA-card Linux was listed as an OS which supported the card. The manual of the AP which they allowed me to read in the shop said it had to be configured over SNMP. After doing a little research on google I found out, that chances were good this could be done with one of the programs from ap-utils. I hoped it would work, but I have to confess I would have also used Windows for the configuration, since the price was rather low.

Setting up the PCMCIA-Card

Using orinoco_cs

The WLAN-Card has a Prism2-Chip which is supported by both linux-wlan-ng and orinoco_cs.
In this file I will only cover the relevant details for WLAN-Configuration. For PCMCIA-basics please refer to the PCMCIA-HOWTO.

[I heard reports that this card also worked with orinoco_cs. I will continue to use prism2_cs since it is the 'official' driver-module offered by Ovislink, but I am interested in reports about using orinoco_cs, especially the differences to prism2_cs.]

Update: Recently I started using orinoco_cs from the vanilla kernel since a recent version linux-wlan-ng did not compile any more and I did not want to investigate thoroughly whether it was a problem with linux-wlan-ng or the kernel or gcc or...

Update (2004-11-15): I switched back to linux-wlan-ng, since version 0.2.1pre23 compiles without error. For the configuration see section Recent wlan-ng.

Update (2005-04-28): Version 0.2.1pre26 does not compile properly with a kernel from the 2.4 tree because of an error in one of the Makefiles. Use 0.2.1pre25 instead.

Update (2005-11-15): Version 0.2.2 does not compile with kernel 2.6.14. Use the version from
svn co svn://svn.shaftnet.org/linux-wlan-ng/trunk

Step 1: Kernel-Config

Compile (recommended: as a module) hermes.o and orinoco_cs.o. The necessary Parameters in the kernel-.config-file are

Step 2: WLAN-Hardware-Configuration

Edit /etc/pcmcia/wireless.opts according to your WLAN setup. At the end of this file you can find a example which contains all possible parameters.

This is the relevant section in my /etc/pcmcia/wireless.opts:
(YES, I changed my WEP-key :-) )

============ /etc/pcmcia/wlan-ng.opts ============
case "$ADDRESS" in
    INFO="Prism II"
    ESSID="Hey, you found me"
    KEY="restricted AA:BB:CC:DD:EE:FF:11:22:33:44:55:66:77 [1]"
    IWCONFIG="nickname me"

============ /etc/pcmcia/wlan-ng.opts ============

Step 3: Network Setup

Now you need to insert your network details into /etc/pcmcia/network.opts so the network-device can be configured correctly.

============ /etc/pcmcia/wlan-ng.opts ============
case "$ADDRESS" in
============ /etc/pcmcia/wlan-ng.opts ============

When inserting the WLAN-Card now it is recognized automatically, the driver is loaded and the network is being set up.

Using old linux-wlan-ng driver, e.g. v. 0.1.15

For recent versions see Recent wlan-ng.

Things you need for compiling linux-wlan-ng:
- sources of linux-wlan-ng from http://www.linux-wlan.com
- sources of pcmcia-cs from http://pcmcia-cs.sourceforge.net
- sources of your linux kernel from http://www.kernel.org

For Debian-users: apt-get source linux-wlan-ng pcmcia-cs kernel-source-`uname -r`

Run ./Configure in the source-directory of pcmcia-cs.

Run ./Configure in the source-directory of linux-wlan-ng and answer the following question with yes:
Build Prism2.x PCMCIA Card Services (_cs) driver? (y/n) [y]: y

The other modules (PCI- and USB-drivers) are not needed.

Compile and install (as root) pcmcia-cs (if it is not installed yet) and linux-wlan-ng by running in both of the source-directories:
make && make install.

Add the following lines to the file /etc/pcmcia/config.opts. In case you are using Debian you can add it to /etc/pcmcia/wlan-ng.conf, since all *.conf-files in /etc/pcmcia/ are sourced from /etc/pcmcia/config.opts:

card "Intersil PRISM2 11 Mbps Wireless Adapter"
   manfid 0x0156, 0x0002
   bind "prism2_cs"

With this card-definition the card will be recognized correctly by cardmgr when it is inserted into the PCMCIA-slot and the module /lib/modules/`uname -r`/pcmcia/prism2_cs.o will be loaded.

Next you have to configure the files /etc/pcmcia/network.opts for the network-parameters of the WLAN-interface wlan0 and /etc/pcmcia/wlan-ng.opts for the WLAN-configuration itself. Both files are commented thoroughly and the names of the variables are rather self-explaining.

This is my /etc/pcmcia/wlan-ng.opts without the Comment-lines:
(YES, I changed my WEP-keys :-) )

============ Begin of file /etc/pcmcia/wlan-ng.opts ============

case "$ADDRESS" in

    #=======SELECT STATION MODE===================
    IS_ADHOC=n # y|n, y - adhoc, n - infrastructure

    #=======INFRASTRUCTURE STATION START===================

    #=======ADHOC STATION START============================
    BASICRATES="2 4"
    OPRATES="2 4 11 22"
============ End of file /etc/pcmcia/wlan-ng.opts ============

The nickname of the card can be set with the following command:
wlancfg set wlan0

This is my /etc/pcmcia/networks.opts without the Comment-lines:

============ Begin of file /etc/pcmcia/networks.opts ============
case "$ADDRESS" in
    start_fn () { return; }
    stop_fn () { return; }
============ End of file /etc/pcmcia/networks.opts ============

In my case I did not have to set a gateway because I am running a 1024bit-encrypted VPN (from http://tinc.nl.linux.org/) over the radio-connection which is my default route.

Using recent linux-wlan-ng driver, e.g. v. 0.2.1pre23

The config-files can be found in /etc/wlan/. They are explained well by the comments in them.

If you want to connect to a certain network first configure the SSID in /etc/wlan/wlan.conf like this

============ SNIP file /etc/wlan/wlan.conf ============
SSID_wlan0="Welcome to my network"
# Yes, spaces in the SSID are possible.
============ SNAP file /etc/wlan/wlan.conf ============

Then create a file /etc/wlan/wlancfg-$SSID, in this example "/etc/wlan/wlancfg-Welcome to my network" with the same settings as in the /etc/pcmcia/wlan-ng.conf file above.

============ Begin of file "/etc/wlan/Welcome to my network" ============
OPRATES="2 4 11 22"
============ End of file "/etc/wlan/Welcome to my network" ============

The advantages of configuring the networks in separate files is that you can change easily between the networks and the files are not overwritten when updating the wlan-ng-driver.

Setting up the Access-Point

Important Note: You can configure everything under Linux. There's no need to boot Windows.

Some interesting facts (which took me quite some time to find in the manual):
Default-password: public
Needed Cable: straight TwistedPair-Cable when connected to a switch or hub, a crossover cable when connected directly to a NIC (network interface card).

BTW, the antenna next to external antenna connector is only fake. The casing, the antennas and the circuit board seem to be designed for several different products. So if you need an empty antenna, you know where to get it from...

Download ap-utils from http://ap-utils.polesye.net/.

Compile the programs:
make && make install

Or simply run
apt-get install ap-utils.

Start the program ap-config.

Enter the default-IP-address of the AP (, the default-password ('public') and choose 'AP type: ATMEL'
This should connect you to the AP.
If this does not work check your network and routing settings, especially the netmask.

The configuration is explained in the manual that came with the AP.

Some oddities you may encounter:

The WEP-keys saved in the AP will never be displayed in ap-config, even though they were entered and saved correctly. The only thing you can do to ensure encryption is up and running is testing it with a WLAN-card and checking it with wlancfg show wlan0

If the WLAN interface isn't brought up when plugging in the PCMCIA-card or an USB-adapter have a look at /etc/wlan/wlan.conf if the ENABLE_wlanX= is set to 'no' or commented out. The problem there is that there is no error message whatsoever, the firmware just doesn't get loaded (which of course is no surprise but it may take hours to find the reason...).

Last but not least, you can also change the radio output power of the AP:

decimal number in ap-config

power output







More detailed information on this can be found following these links:

Have fun!

Some interesting links:

Ovislink Homepage - WL-1100PCM PCMCIA Adapter

Ovislink Homepage - WL-1100AP Access Point

VPN Software - http://tinc.nl.linux.org/


Setting up Belkin F5D7050 ver 1000

work in progress

This is how lsusb identifies the WLAN adapter:
Belkin F5D7050 ver 1000
idVendor           0x050d Belkin Components
idProduct          0x705a
bcdDevice          0.01
iManufacturer      1 Belkin
iProduct           2 Belkin 54g USB Network Adapter

What to do

With rt73

Status: works so far

Download latest driver from http://rt2x00.serialmonkey.com/rt73-cvs-daily.tar.gz.

untar it to some directory
make install

to compile and install the driver module depmod -a is run automatically by make install

Add the following line to /etc/modules.conf (in Debian to /etc/modutils/aliases and run update-modules)
alias rausb0 rt73

If necessary, configure the wireless settings (my card connects automatically to my AP)

iwconfig rausb0 mode managed
iwconfig rausb0 channel 6
iwconfig rausb0 essid "mywlan"
iwconfig rausb0 rate auto
iwconfig rausb0 ap 00:00:00:00:00:00

With rt2570

Status: computer hangs when running ifconfig

Download latest driver from http://rt2x00.serialmonkey.com/wiki/index.php/Downloads.

untar it to some directory
make install

to compile and install the driver module depmod -a is run automatically by make install

Add the following line to /etc/modules.conf (in Debian to /etc/modutils/aliases and run update-modules)
alias rausb0 rt2570

Configure the wireless settings:

iwconfig rausb0 mode managed
iwconfig rausb0 channel 6
iwconfig rausb0 essid "mywlan"
iwconfig rausb0 rate auto
iwconfig rausb0 ap 00:00:00:00:00:00

When entering the last command I get an error message that the interface is not up. When running ifconfig rausb0 up it uses 100% CPU time, cannot be interrupted and the only thing I can do is to reboot.

With prism54

Status: firmware doesn't get loaded

Download and copy it to /usr/lib/hotplug/firmware/isl3887usb_bare

Download the tarball of the drivers from http://jbnote.free.fr/prism54usb/data/code/tarballs/

untar it to some directory
Add Vendor/Device ID to src/kernel/islusb_init.c (they changed the product ID without changing the name):
{USB_DEVICE(0x050D, 0x705a)}, /* Belkin F5D7050 v 1000 */

then run
make load
to compile and load the driver

Now you should see the device with ifconfig -a.

Then you have to set up the wireless interface:
iwconfig eth1 mode ad-hoc
iwconfig eth1 6
iwconfig eth1 essid "my essid"
iwconfig eth1 ap "cellid"
ifconfig eth1 ipaddr up

At this point I have a problem with loading the firmware. I will soon have a look at this.
If you find out anything please send me a mail at wf-hp@gmx.net.

Written 2002-11-03 - last update 2006-06-29