IBM High Rate Wireless LAN Mini-PCI Adapter with Modem

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IBM High Rate Wireless LAN Mini-PCI Adapter with Modem

This is a Mini-PCI combination WiFi and Modem Adapter that is installed in a Mini-PCI slot.

WiFi Features

  • Chipset: Harris Semiconductor Prism 2.5
  • IEEE Standards: 802.11b
  • PCI ID: 1260:3873

Modem Features

  • Chipset: Actiontec

Mini-PCI WiFi Adapter

IBM Partnumbers

IBM FRU PN: 26P8092, 26P8160, 26P8472, 12P3637, 12P3657, 91P7661, 26P8294, 26P8295

Also known (in IBM literature) as....

  • Mini PCI 802.11b/v.92 modem combo card (ACTIONTEC)
  • Actiontec (802.11b wireless / 56K modem)
  • Actiontec IEEE 802.11b/Modem
  • High rate wireless/modem Mini PCI combo card

Linux WiFi driver

This adapter works with the 'orinoco_pci' driver as part of any recent 2.4 or 2.6 kernel.
In addition the 'hostap' driver can also be used.

Linux Modem driver Use SLMODEM driver for this modem (Smart Link Modem)

ThinkPads this card may be found in

Mini-PCI wireless cards of any type may be installed on X2-series models that didn't originally have internal wireless if you are willing to do some hacking to add an antenna. The LCD rear cover block radio signals. The Wifi-equipped models had cutouts on the sides of the LCD rear cover near the top of the screen; these were covered with regular, non-signal blocking plastic covers. The antennas were the type with a thin, 1" vane, and were mounted directly under the surface of the side, and very close to the front edge of the screen. Presumably this gives them maximal clearance from the back of the LCD cover. The wires are then routed down the sides and across the bottom, and pass through the left hinge, plugging into the Mini-PCI card under the left side of the keyboard.

The parts to do an original antenna install may also be purchased from the parts suppliers, with the exception of the plastic cutout covers. You will need: 26P9819, rear LCD cover, wireless; 26P9826, the LCD brackets (which have mounts for the antennas); 26P9824, wireless antennas.

Be careful when choosing a Mini-PCI adaptor: try to get one with the connectors as close to the back edge as possible, since the antenna leads may not have much extra length. Also, some adaptors, such as the Senao, may appear to the BIOS as ethernet cards; this will cause the BIOS to complain annoyingly about two ethernet cards installed, requiring you to hit the <Esc> key at every boot.

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