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#REDIRECT [[Wireless network configuration#rt2x00]]
You may find that your Belkin F6D4050 (v1 or v2) wireless usb dongle just won't work! Well here's the solution.
==The Solution==
{{Note|You need the [[Wireless Setup#rt2860 and rt2870|rt2870]] driver which is already included with kernel 2.6.29 and up.}}
First, use '''lsusb''' to check that the device ID number is 050d:935'''a''' or 050d:935'''b''' ('''v1''' or '''v2''', respectively):
[sdenne@marsrover ~]$ lsusb
Bus 002 Device 003: ID 050d:935b Belkin Components
Now create these two files:
Now add the following to /etc/udev/rules.d/network_drivers.rules (that first file you just created):
ACTION=="add", SUBSYSTEM=="usb", ATTR{idVendor}=="050d", ATTR{idProduct}=="935a", RUN+="/sbin/modprobe -qba rt2870sta"
Then add the following to /etc/modprobe.d/network_drivers.conf (the second file you created):
install rt2870sta /sbin/modprobe --ignore-install rt2870sta $CMDLINE_OPTS; /bin/echo "050d 935a" > /sys/bus/usb/drivers/rt2870/new_id
Pay '''close attention''' to any occurrence of '''935a''' in the lines you've just added. If your device ID is F6D4050 '''v1''', leave occurrences of 935a as-is with the letter '''a''' at the end. If your device ID is F6D4050 '''v2''', change the last letter of 935a to '''b'''. The letter must match with the output that you see when you use '''lsusb'''.
That's it! Now reboot and you'll have wireless capabilities! woo hoo!
{{Note|to undo everything that you've just done, simply delete the two files you've created.}}
The Belkin F6D4050 V1(000) device supports 802.11n (I'm not sure about the V2 device), however using the rt2870sta driver I was only able to connect using 802.11g. The solution to get this working is that you need the RT3572STA driver. As of 2.6.36 this isn't included in the Arch kernel distribution, but you can download it from [http://www.ralinktech.com/support.php?s=2 Ralink's website] and compile it yourself.
Before compiling, you need to set some options in os/linux/config.h:
Then compile as usual:
  make && sudo make install
To set it up just follow the instructions about, but substitute rt2870sta for rt3572sta. I was able to use exactly the same netcfg configuration, just replacing wlan0 with ra0.

Latest revision as of 13:52, 18 February 2014