Wireless (again)

Fred Erickson frederickson at iname.com
Mon Feb 4 07:09:47 UTC 2008

> The question at issue was: How can you tell the chipset of a WiFi card.
> The reply I was given was that it is written on the card.
> I simply pointed out that this is not true.
> I have never seen a WiFi card with the chipset given on it.
> -- 
> Timothy Murphy  
> e-mail (<80k only): tim /at/ birdsnest.maths.tcd.ie
> tel: +353-86-2336090, +353-1-2842366
> s-mail: School of Mathematics, Trinity College, Dublin 2, Ireland

This may be of no help for cards not manufactured to be sold in the USA
and it often isn't even for cards that are. But, if the device has a FCC
ID # on the back such as my Belkin F6D3010 PCMCIA wifi card (which had
an Atheros logo on the box - the reason I bought it) go to this web
address: www.fcc.gov/searchtools.html
in the lower part of the page is a link to "FCC ID number search" 
On the search page, enter the 1st 3 digits of the id # in the 1st box,
in this case K7S, which is the id for Belkin.
In the 2nd box enter the remainder of the digits, including dashes, etc,
in this case -F6D3010. Go to bottom of page to select "search"

On the next page select "Detail" view and then select "Internal photos"
The photographer tried to hide all the details in the picture but you
can make out the Atheros logo on the chip. On another usb wifi adapter
my son uses (M$) the logo RA is visible. Some cards have good info and
others, like these by Belkin, do not. 

for what it's worth,


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