Problem with SMC2532W-B V2 (0xd601 0x0010)

James Henderson his_jimboness at yahoo.ca
Sun Oct 2 17:43:33 EDT 2005


Hi Tom,

Thanks for the response.  These cards have FCC XI-330*, but the serial 
numbers are:
S33HP55NU00541
S33HP53NU01103

The first one has a 55 but the other one, bought at the same time (but 
not necessarily from the same batch), doesn't have any of 55, 56 or 58.

Looks like Zcomax/SMC may be messing with the hardware...  Frustrating.

-James

Tom Sharples wrote:
> This may (or may not) be helpful- Zcomax, the manufacturer of the SMC 
> branded cards, plays a little fast and loose with FCC-ID numbers and 
> internal hardware:
> 
> Cards with the FCC ID XI-325*  use the Prism 2.5 chipset.  SMC no longer 
> provide these cards, however they are available on special order 
> directly from Zcom (long, long lead times). HostAP worked fine with 
> these cards.
> 
> Cards with FCC ID XI-330* AND a serial number that has the number 55 
> embedded in it, actually use the Prism 2.5 chipset despite having the 
> FCC ID number associated with the Prism 3.0 chipset.
> 
> Cards with FCC ID XI-330* AND a serial number that has the number 56 
> embedded in it, actually use the Prism 3.0 chipset but don't correctly 
> report TX levels when "auto" mode is selected unless you roll back the 
> secondary firmware to 1.3.2 which breaks wds. There may also be other 
> anomalies in a hostAP enviroment.
> 
> Cards with FCC ID XI-330* AND a serial number that has the number 58 
> (we've never received any 57's) embedded in it (these are the cards we 
> now receive when we order) actually use the Prism 3.0 chipset and DO 
> correctly report TX levels when "auto" mode is selected. HostAP seems to 
> work fine.
> 
> Tom Sharples
> President
> Qorvus Systems, Inc.
> www.qorvus.net
> 360.243.7371
> 
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