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 Type IIIa form factor Mini-PCI combination of WiFi and Modem Adapter. It 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
  • Bus: AC'97

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

Upgrade the card to support WPA

Please visit the following link for some excellent instructions on how to upgrade the card. This has been tested on an A30p.

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

The Linux driver from SmartLink supports this device.
Latest version of this driver is 2.9.11.

If your ThinkPad reports having a AC'97 modem device (lspci|grep Modem) then the (snd_intel8x0m) driver should be used instead of the proprietary kernel module from SmartLink (see README ALSA mode), as it avoids tainting your kernel, and does not require a recompile each time you update your kernel version.

If you do not have a AC'97 modem device, you will have to compile the proprietary Smartlink kernel modules, or install them from your distribution vendor, if supplied.

For Debian this is sl-modem-daemon deb.


There is a slmodem rpm in the RPM-Fusion nonfree repository.

The following instructions assume you have a AC'97 modem device, if you do not the settings in the slmodem config file will be different

Once you have installed the package, you need to edit /etc/sysconfig/slmodem and set INTERFACE=alsa and ALSA_DEVICE=modem:1

If ALSA_DEVICE=modem:1 does not work, run cat /proc/asound/cards and use the number before the Modem line

In addition you can set the country for the correct recognition of dialling and busy tones, and to adhere to any local (possibly legal) requirements. If you do not set the country, it will default to USA.

You can then start the service, and set it to autostart on boot

service slmodem start
chkconfig slmodem on

After this you should have a /dev/ttySL0 device

ThinkPads this card may be found in

External Sources