Belkin f5d7010 piece of crap?

Discussion in 'Wireless Internet' started by jcrevani, Dec 24, 2005.

  1. jcrevani

    jcrevani Guest

    I heard of people having problems with this pci card in such an extend
    I never could believe it was really true until yesterday. I tried to
    install a Belkin f5d7010 in my Toshiba Satellite and failed. Simply
    there is no way to make it work so I guess the card is faulty and
    probably broken for good. BTW the card was working in another Toshiba
    Satellite at my office. What a piece of crap! Is it possible that a
    PCI plug&play card burns so easily in 2005? And YES, after 20 years
    dealing with computers I know how to handle a PCI card.
     
    jcrevani, Dec 24, 2005
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  2. jcrevani

    Frank Guest

    Are you making a statement or trying to ask a question?
     
    Frank, Dec 24, 2005
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  3. Well, with 20 years of experience, you should probably have supplied
    the model number of the Toshiba Satellite laptop and the operating
    system used. You should also have noted that the Belkin f5d7010 is a
    CardBus card for a laptop, not a PCI card, which would be for a
    desktop. It would really have been nice if you supplied the hardware
    version of the card, and the version of the driver you've failed to
    install.

    The Belkin f5d7010 v2 has a problem. The support page shows v1
    through v4 models. The posted drivers for the v1 model work just
    fine. The posted drivers for the v2 model fail miserably. I don't
    know about v3 or v4. Go unto:
    | http://www.belkin.com/support/ (insert model number)
    and note the 4 versions which you didn't bother to specify. Just to
    make it interesting, the v2 model does not say v2 on the serial number
    label, but does look like the photo on the support page.

    The problem was covered in a previous posting at:
    | http://groups.google.com/group/alt.internet.wireless/msg/84cb5d5af094e905
    Basically, only the v2 driver that comes on the original CDROM seems
    to work. I have customers that bought a few of these and that's what
    I had to do to make them work. I would offer to email a copy of the
    original cdrom for the v2 but I couldn't find it.

    For additional entertainment, try asking Belkin why the downloaded v2
    driver is named:
    F5D7010_V2_UK.EXE
    which implies that it's for UK, not US, which have different
    regulatory domains.

    In the future, if you have a problem, complaint, rant or combination
    thereof, kindly supply enough information so that a reader can
    determine if the problem also applies to their own system.
     
    Jeff Liebermann, Dec 24, 2005
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  4. About a year ago, Belkin did something very stupid: they changed the
    chipset used in their wireless adapters but didn't change the model
    numbers for the cards. To make matters worse, they also didn't update
    the specs published on their web site. Some Mac users bought these cards
    only to find that, unlike the previous Broadcom-based versions, the new
    cards no longer worked with Apple's AirPort driver. When they called
    Belkin tech support, they were told things like "We don't support Macs."
    It looks like the web page for the F5D7010 still contains erroneous
    information about OS support.

    For this reason -- and others, like the famous decision to have their
    routers occasionally redirect traffic to Belkin web pages -- it's best
    to avoid Belkin wireless products: you never really know what you're
    getting. I have no qualms about Belkin's cables, hubs, and other
    accessories; but their wireless networking division is a mess.
     
    Neill Massello, Dec 24, 2005
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  5. jcrevani

    exordio Guest

    I understand what you mean. The f5d7010 fails very easily as you say.
    I did blown one new card on my Toshiba Satellite too. I prefer to stay
    away from Belkin.
     
    exordio, Dec 26, 2005
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  6. jcrevani

    jcrevani Guest

    Santa Claus did the trick. I got a gift: a 'Linksys WPC54G Wireless-G
    Notebook Adapter.' It works like a dream matching my Linksys Wireless-G
    router. BTW, the f5d7010 is broken, burned, kaputt.
     
    jcrevani, Dec 26, 2005
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