D-Link DWL-G510 in CentOS 5

Some days ago I spent some time getting a PCI WiFi 802.11G network card to work in CentOS 5.4. My card identifies itself as a “D-Link System Inc AirPlus G DWL-G510″ (PCI id 1186:3c09) and uses the “RaLink RT2561/RT61 rev B 802.11g” chipset (PCI id 1814:0302)DWL-G510

A driver for this card is included in the standard CentOS 5 kernel (tested with kernel-2.6.18-164.9.1.el5) under the name rt61pci, however to be able to function a binary firmware is needed. Some searching revealed that the firmware is available in Fedora’s rt61pci-firmware package. I rebuilt the package and put it in my CentOS playground repository.

So, if you have such a card and want to make it work in CentOS5 you might want to try running rpm -ivh http://rpm.resare.com/centos5-playground/i386/rt61pci-firmware-1.2-6.el5.noarch.rpm as root. Once that is done, running modprobe rt61pci should do the trick.

4 thoughts on “D-Link DWL-G510 in CentOS 5

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  2. Hi,

    Was this on an i386 or x86_64 kernel?

    I’ve been trying to get my WMP54GS to work with ndiswrapper under x86_64. I’m rapidly losing my cool and I may just buy another card. It works fine with i386.

    Regards,
    Nige.

  3. I haven’t tried x86_64, the machine I have access to is i386 only. Sorry

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