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Old Network Drivers

Posted in General | Gadgets at Monday, May 1, 2006 1:29 PM Pacific Daylight Time

Last christmas I took an old Micron laptop (the one I won in this DHTML contest) and converted it to a digital picture frame.




I then wrote a screensaver that pulls an RSS feed from our families website of the latest pictures that have been posted to the server. I use FolderShare to pull the photos from everyone's computer onto the server. The screensaver then cycles through the photos so that my wife can enjoy them.

Everything was working great until I turned on WPA security on the FAN (Family Area Network). I was able to get all the computers online with the new settings except the picture frame with uses a D-Link DWL-650 pc card to connect to the internet. First I went to see if there were some new drivers on the D-Link website but D-Link doesn't even provide downloads of the old drivers any more. I thought I was out of luck.

However, after a little bit of googling I came across this page which explains how to use the Eusso drivers with the DWL-650+ card. I don't have the plus card, but I gave it a shot and it worked! So now everything is back up and running.

The question that I have is why couldn't D-Link provide these drivers for me? I guess they feel they aren't making money supporting the old cards, but I know that it will make me think twice about buying another D-Link card in the future.

Thursday, July 13, 2006 2:06:53 AM (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00)
Hey, it looks cool man!
Tran H. Quang
Friday, July 14, 2006 1:27:30 AM (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00)
This is a great blog; but I have to comment on your last paragraph:

"The question that I have is why couldn't D-Link provide these drivers for me? I guess they feel they aren't making money supporting the old cards, but I know that it will make me think twice about buying another D-Link card in the future."

I think it's probably more about the cost, however small, of dragging obsolete and unsupported technology along while trying to be an agile company.

Think about the necessary space, web page mantainance, and potential liability if they provide something that "breaks" another product. Over time, this could translate into needing additional headcount for a product they are not selling and may not be used by a large number of people.

Remember that a corporation's primary obligations are to provide a return on shareholders' equity by producing valuable products and/or services.

Having said that, it would be nice if there was a "boneyard" for abandoned drivers and whatnot. It's just not clear who should pay for that (because, although I want it, I don't want to pay for it).

Oh, and always remember, there is a major difference between "what works" and "supported"...
Tuesday, January 30, 2007 1:33:26 AM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Drivers DWL-650
abedco
Friday, June 1, 2007 4:33:30 AM (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00)
I had a similar problem with a D-Link PCMCIA network card (I think it was a 650), and I found that the driver was not listed on their Web site. However, when I browsed their FTP site directly, I found a directory containing the driver for Win95! I'm pretty sure I kept that driver, if anyone still needs a copy :)
Tim
Saturday, June 23, 2007 10:24:59 PM (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00)
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