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Is this wireless router Linux compatible?

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Belkin Wireless Router, F5D8231AU4 N1, 300Mbps, 802.11g
http://www.ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?ItemID=350664
http://www.belkin.com/pressroom/bulletins/uploads/F5D8231au4.pdf

I've had increasing problems with compatibility issues which I have good reason to believe are due to my current router's Vista incompatibility (Belkin F5D7630-4A). Vista 32-bit cuts off access to it regularly, and Vista 64-bit even more so. It's fine with XP.

I'm considering the above router, which is on MS's Vista hardware compatibility list.

However, I'm about to set up an Ubuntu Linux box and I'd hate to find that the new router won't play nice with Linux.

Your expert advice, or your recommendations for alternatives, would be welcome. I need 4 x RJ45 ports and wireless capability.

I believe that the AU part of the model number just means that it's for Australia/New Zealand power supply, power plug and Telco requirements.
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Alan HendersonRetired marine engineer
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Didn't make sense to me either.

But I've tried 3 different motherboards each with the same result. The last two are Vista 32-bit and 64-bit certified.

All three motherboards work perfectly well with XP and with this wireless router.

I've tested many different possibilities which I don't wish to bore everyone with and I am 99% convinced that it's a combination of the router and updates to some programs and maybe updates to Vista. I have a number of images of my installation at various stages. The older the image I restore the less often I lose the router.

The final straw is the latest updates to Adobe CS3 suite. After installing that, any hiberanation or shutdown of Windows almost invariably loses the router.

When I say "lose the router" I mean that I cannot connect to it all. Not just that I can't go online.

I've been battling with this for a couple of months.

In the end I could see no alternative other than the router, so I went to MS's Vista hardware compatibility site and lo, they have listings for modems and wireless routers. If it weren't an issue why bother to have a compatibility list.

I have also found references on forums regarding incompatibility of routers.

I could go on. :o)
ive had a belkin router once and i was banging my head against the wall when the connection dropped almost every 15 minutes. turns out, it was my wireless nic.

anyways, are you connecting via cable or wi-fi?

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I would use Knoppix live CD or DVD to test first.

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Thanks to everyone for the input.

My apologies. I obviously didn't make myself clear.

I don't HAVE the router named at the beginning of my post, so I can't test it with a Live CD. I'm considering buying it because I hope that it'll solve my Desktop Vista connection problem.

However, I don't want to pay for it without knowing beforehand whether or not it is Linux compatible (specifically Ubuntu 7.04).

My fault, I supplied too much confusing information. Put it down to the 'flu and deteriorating gray matter. :o)

Additionally, the main problem with my current device is not with the wireless component, it's with LAN connection.
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@ RID
I'm sure you're right. My weird problems with the current one have made me paranoid. :o)
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Well, I'd be very little surprised if VISTA has a problem with the router while Linux hasn't... :)

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I'm mystified.
After using XP for a week, 2 days ago I restored my 64-bit Vista image. Installed Windows updates and it's been running sweetly ever since. Hibernates no problem, router times out when not in use but comes back on line no problem.
That was impossible before.
I can only assume that some software update has taken care of the problem. So my question, touch wood, is no longer relevant.
Thanks for the help. Your opinions have been very helpful.
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