Previously I’ve been using Linksys and Prolink Wifi adapter. I have to say that Linksys did give me weird difficulties and end up not using it at all. On the other hand Prolink has yet to give any significant problems

Recently, I was looking another USB Wifi to be used on new Dell Inspiron desktops. Knowing that Belkin gave a Lifetime Warranty, I decided to give it a try. So there I was, buying 2 units of Belkin model F5D7050 ver. 3000ak and promptly went home to install them on the new PCs.

At the beginning, I thought it would only probably take 15 minutes to get it set and running. To my shock, I ended 3 to 4 hours getting it installed on Windows XP Service Pack 2. The driver came in the CD just won’t work as expected.

I had basically downloaded different version of drivers, mix and match them together to make this adapter working. In this post, I will describe how to download and install my mixed driver and finally followed by activating the Windows Wireless Zero Configuration (WZC).

Belkin Wifi Adapter F5D7050 USB\VID_050D&PID_705A

* Please proceed with own risk. It is not fully tested and may not give the desired result. I bear no responsibilities.

Getting it done
Before proceed with anything, first clear the entire previously installed driver taken from the Box CD. Simply go to the Control Panel Add & Remove Program and select Belkin and press the
Remove button.

Then plug in the Belkin adapter into the USB slot. Windows will popup and ask for its driver. Just cancel the popup box first. We need to check the Hardware detail before proceed by checking at the Device Manager. The quickest way to open the Device Manager window is by using the Run option. Just go to Start and select Run and followed by typing in ‘devmgmt.msc’ in the Open: field.

Device Management Shortcut

At the Device Manager, look for ‘Belkin 54g USB Network Adapter’, right click to that and choose Properties.

Device Management Window

At the Properties, select Details tab. It should display a line of text that contains ‘USB\VID_050D&PID_705A’. If it’s written something else, then this installation should stop and do not proceed because it’s a different hardware chipset and the driver may not work.

Belkin Properties USB\VID_050D&PID_705A

Now we will install its driver. First download the mix and match driver here. Unzip the file and copy the Win2KXP folder onto the Desktop area. After that, go back to the Device Manager window, right click at Belkin device and this time select the ‘Update Driver…’

Windows then will popup driver installation wizard. Choose ‘Install from a list or specific location (Advanced)’ and point it to the Win2KXP folder at the Desktop.

Driver Installation Wizard

Windows will copy the entire necessary driver into the appropriate folder. During the process, it will ask about the compatibility, click at the ‘Continue Anyway’ button to proceed.

Windows Compatibility Confirmation

The installation should take around 1 or 2 minutes most. If it takes longer than that, means the attached Belkin Adapter does not support this driver.

That’s it. The Belkin Wifi Adapter should be working now.

Starting Windows Wireless Zero Configuration (WZC)
Using WZC is much easier than any third party wireless Utilities that usually shipped together with the adapter. To first time activate WZC, enter this command at the Run Box: ‘services.msc’

Services.msc Shortcut

At the popup Services window, scroll down and look for Wireless Zero Configuration. Right click to that and choose Properties.

Wireless Zero Configuration Window #1

After that, make sure all the settings are correctly set. We need to have WZC to start every time the computer boots up. Just ensure the ‘Startup type:’ is Automatic and press to the Start button. As for the rest just leave it as it is.

Wireless Zero Configuration Window #2

That’s it for WZC, you can now search for any wireless AP and start connecting with the new Belkin adapter.

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