How I Fixed My Wireless Adapter

My Belkin FD6050 started failing for no apparent reason. After changing drivers in Linux and Windows I found out it was a faulty cable very near it's connector. The only way to fix it was changint the entire cable with something else. Something like USB A to A extension cord.

Step 1: Diagnosing the Problem

I had to find the problem with my wireless adapter. It was about 5cm (2 inch) away from connector in a form of torn cable. As you can see the black wire was torn out of the plastic molded connector.

Step 2: Tools

This were my tools for today. I think it's more or less all self-explanatory except for the tape. It's a tape to insulate cables. Better alternative would be heat-shrinking tubes but I didn't have any at hand so I improvised.

Step 3: Cut!

I needed to get the cable ready. I needed to cut it, uncover their insulation and apply some solider to the cable.

Step 4: Prepare Wireless Adapter

By this time I had to prepare my old connector for the new cable. First thing I noticed was they 'used same colors. Actually looking into USB specs reveals color-scheme that confirms that.

Step 5: Test of the Idea

I carefully assembled the cables together (I used same wire colors) and put the adapter to the test. It worked!

Step 6: Finish

All I had to do now was to insulate each wire with the tape and close up the whole thing. To prevent the new cable being pulled out I did a gentle knot inside the adapter. The adapter now works flawless ever since, no more unexpected interrupts and kernel panicks.



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    12 years ago

    Did you not solder those wires? Also, you may want to try some heat-shrink tubes for the wires. The reason I like to use heat-shrink tubing more than anything else is that it's very fun to use, except when you solder a wire together and realize that you haven't put the tubing on yet and have to cut and solder the cable again.

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    Reply 12 years ago

    I didn't have any nearby and my gf really needed the wireless connection for her notebook. Otherwise I'd do it, it's far more elegant way to do it.


    12 years ago

    The thing that insulates wires is called insulation, not isolation...

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