The Atheros 5xxx is a wireless chipset usually found in laptops. There are three ways of getting your wireless card working:
- ath5k is a completely FOSS wireless driver for Atheros WLAN based chipsets. See also Atheros Ath5k Wireless Access Point.
- ath9k is a completely FOSS wireless driver for Atheros IEEE 802.11n WLAN based chipsets.
- MadWifi supports proprietary code (via HAL) but covers more chipsets and also supports the "master" mode (needed for building an access point).
- ndiswrapper will use NDIS drivers for Microsoft Windows; They do not support packet injection and "master" mode.
Please add your devices below. The subsystem id and numeric pci id can be found using "lspci -nn".
|PCI ID||Subsystem PCI ID||Device name||Madwifi||ath5k||ath9k||ndiswrapper (64bit)|
|168c:0013||168c:2051||AR5212 802.11abg NIC||yes||yes||Not tested||Not tested|
|168c:0013||1385:5a00||Atheros AR5001X+ Wireless Network Adapter||yes Madwifi-ng||yes (2.6.35-rc1)||Not tested||Not tested|
|168c:1014||1014:058a||IBM ThinkPad 11a/b/g Wireless LAN Mini Express Adapter (AR5BXB6)||yes||yes (2.6.26-gentoo)||Not tested||Not tested|
|168c:001a||1113:ee24||Atheros Communications, Inc. AR5005G 802.11abg NIC (rev 01)||yes||yes (2.6.26-gentoo-r1)||Not tested||Not tested|
|168c:001c||144f:7128||Atheros Communications, Inc. AR242x 802.11abg Wireless PCI Express Adapter (rev 01)||Not tested||Testing (2.6.28-gentoo), yes (vanilla-sources-22.214.171.124)||Not tested||Not tested|
|168c:001c||168c:1026||AR242x 802.11abg Wireless PCI Express Adapter (rev 01)||madwifi-hal||yes (2.6.27)||Not tested||Partially|
|168c:001c||168c:3067||AR5006EG 802.11 b/g Wireless PCI Express Adapter (rev 01)||madwifi-hal||yes (2.6.27)||Not tested||Works with xp64 126.96.36.199|
|168c:0023||168c:3071||Atheros Communications Inc. AR5008 Wireless Network Adapter (rev 01)||Not tested | Yes (2.6.35)||Not tested||yes (3.0.0)|
|168c:002a||1a3b:1067||ASUS notebook X51L with Atheros 9280 WiFi b/g/n (rev 01)||Not tested||no||yes (2.6.27)||Not tested|
|168c:002b||103c:3040||Atheros Communications Inc. AR9285 Wireless Network Adapter (rev 01)||Not tested||Not tested||yes (2.6.39)||Not tested|
Kernel Options (All installs)
If you intend to use the ath5k driver (Atheros 5xxx wireless cards support), you should configure your Kernel with the following options:
|Linux Kernel Configuration: Required Kernel Options (2.6.25)|
Networking ---> Wireless ---> <*> Generic IEEE 802.11 Networking Stack (mac80211) Device Drivers ---> [*] Network device support ---> Wireless LAN ---> [*] Wireless LAN (IEEE 802.11) <M> Atheros 5xxx wireless cards support
ath5k kernel driver
The ath5k kernel module (shown unselected in the kernel configuration above) supports many Atheros chipsets. It is currently under heavy development, written by the developers and is intended to replace MadWifi.
Refer to kernel patch below to add AR242x / AR542x [168c:001c] LED support (it is tested with Thinkpad X61 Lenovo, linux-2.6.39-gentoo-r3)
Use command from linux source folder to apply the patch:
The MadWifi drivers provide support for a wide range of Atheros devices, including some of the 5xxx range. The madwifi-hal branch that used to be required for some hardware is no longer available.
If the Windows drivers from the card manufacturer don't work with ndiswrapper, try searching the ndiswrapper wiki (Hint: Try searching for the PCI ID).