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D-Link DWL-520 (PCI Network Card, 11Mbps, 802.11b WiFi)

Network 802.11b, D-Link, PCI, WiFi

D-Link DWL-520 (PCI Network Card, 11Mbps, 802.11b WiFi)
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Updated: 30/10/2014 17:13

Review of Linux Compatibility

The D-Link DWL-520 is a PCI WiFi card which is available in several versions having different chipsets:

  • DWL-520 Revision A:
    This version bases on the Prism 2.5 chipset and is supported under Linux by the prism2 kernel module. However, the necessary driver is normally deactivated under Ubuntu. Therefore the file /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf needs to be changed in order to activate the driver:

    gksudo gedit /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf
    

    In the file the line for the prism54 moduls has to be commented out, i.e. the line

    blacklist prism54
    

    needs to be updated to

    #blacklist prism54
    
  • DWL-520 Revision B:
    This version bases on the Prism 2.5 Chipset is also supported under Linux by the prism2 kernel module. However, the necessary driver is normally deactivated under Ubuntu. Therefore the file /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf needs to be changed in order to activate the driver:

    gksudo gedit /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf
    

    In the file the line for the prism54 moduls has to be commented out, i.e. the line

    blacklist prism54
    

    needs to be updated to

    #blacklist prism54
    
  • DWL-520 Revision C:
    Bases on the ADM226 or ADM8211 chipset. No clear information regarding Linux compatibility is available.

  • DWL-520 Revision C1:
    Bases on the ADM8211 chipset.

  • DWL-520 Revision D:
    Bases on the Realtek RTL8180L chipset.

  • DWL-520 Revision E1:
    Bases on the Prism3 or Prism2.5 chipset.

  • DWL-520 Revision E:
    Bases on the Prism3 or Prism2.5 chipset.

Additionally the following WiFi cards are available, which a similar name but are not identical with the DWL-520:

  • DWL-520+: ACX100 (supported acx100.sf.net)
  • DWL-G520: Atheros AR5212A
  • DWL-AG520: Atheros AR5212
  • DWL-G520+: ACX111 (semi-supported acx100.sf.net)

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