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In some places you will find the name of the chipset instead of the name of the chip

Atheros reference design

Chipset:AR5210 (802.11a only)
Antenna Connector:(unknown type)
Device Information:168c:0007 Subsystem: Unknown device 168c:1011

Atheros AR5001X+

Chipset:AR5001X+ = (AR5211 + AR5111 + AR2111)
Chip:AR5211 (802.11a +???)
Supports:IEEE 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g

Atheros AR5002X

Chipset:AR5002X = (AR5212 + AR5112)
Chip:AR5212 (802.11a +???)
Supports:IEEE 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g

Atheros AR5002G

Chipset:AR5002G = (AR5212 + AR2112)
Chip:AR5212 (802.11???)
Supports:IEEE 802.11b, 802.11g

Atheros AR5004X

Chipset:AR5004X = (AR5213 + AR5112)
Chip:AR5213 (802.11a +???)
Supports:IEEE 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g

Atheros AR5004G

Chipset:AR5004G = (AR5213 + AR2112)
Chip:AR5213 (802.11???)
Supports:IEEE 802.11b, 802.11g

Atheros AR5005G

Chipset:AR5005G = (AR2413)
Chip:AR2413 (802.11b+g)
Supports:IEEE 802.11b, 802.11g
Working: not working with version 0.9.2, dmesg reports: "unable to attach hardware: 'Hardware revision not supported' (HAL status 13)"
Notes: Several tickets indicate this; no response was ever given. However, some users have reported success, but could not confirm this.
Notes: Works perfectly on Slackware 11 (kernel and madwifi 0.9.2. Just modprobe ath_pci after compiling/installing. (this on an Acer 3102 wlmi)
Notes: For Kernel use trunk version (madwifi release doesn't compile): svn checkout madwifi . That works perfectly (I'm running Slackware 12 on Acer 3102wlmi).
Notes: I can confirm that this chipset works great with the madwifi-ng drivers on Debian Testing. Also monitor mode.
Notes: chipset is AR1423, as you can see through URL
Notes: This chipset works on the Acer Aspire 5040 if you install the acer_acpi driver
Notes: Works on the Acer Aspire 3053 if you reload the modules (see and then run depmod -a (as root)
Notes: Works on the Acer Aspire 5051 using madwifi source pulled 2006-12-18 (OpenSuSE 10.2/x86_64)
Notes: Works on the Acer Aspire 5100 using madwifi source (Mandriva 2007.0/x86_64)
Notes: Cheap Ativa card works ok in gentoo. /etc/init.d/net.athx start does not ifconfig athx up the device, so preferred wireless won't work

Atheros AR5005G

Supports: IEEE 802.11b, 802.11g
Notes:Works with madwifi under SuSE 10.2 on Acer Aspire 3050 (3053WXMi) laptop.
Notes:card model 4104a-ar5bmb5
Notes:UDI: /org/freedesktop/Hal/devices/pci_168c_1a
Notes:Unique ID: Kbch.hioDloPJzGF
Notes:Parent ID: qscc.hV5J61pTkh5
Notes:SysFS ID: /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:14.4/0000:08:04.0
Notes:SysFS BusID: 0000:08:04.0
Notes:Model: "AMBIT Microsystem AR5005G 802.11abg NIC"
Notes:Vendor: pci 0x168c "Atheros Communications, Inc."
Notes:Device: pci 0x001a "AR5005G 802.11abg NIC"
Notes:SubVendor?: pci 0x1468 "AMBIT Microsystem Corp."
Notes:SubDevice?: pci 0x0418
Notes:Revision: 0x01
Notes:Driver: "ath_pci"
Notes:Memory Range: 0xd0200000-0xd020ffff (rw,non-prefetchable)
Notes:IRQ: 66 (no events)
Notes:Module Alias: "pci:v0000168Cd0000001Asv00001468sd00000418bc02sc00i00"
Notes:PS. Install from YaST as Installation Source, compiling from sources not working, do not use ndiswrapper
Notes:but if you did reinstall kernel and sources and modules.
Notes:By Cashoob at

Atheros AR5005VL

Chipset:AR5005VL = (AR5513)
Chip:AR5513 (802.11a+b+g)
Supports:IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11b, 802.11g
Notes:As of 2006-06-10 the HAL does not support this chipset.

Atheros AR5006EG

Chipset:AR5006EG = (AR2423)
Chip:AR2423 (802.11a+b+g)
Supports:IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11b, 802.11g
Device Information:TBD
Notes:works with madwifi-r2153-20070224
Notes:Works on Toshiba Satellite A135
Notes:Had to change order of module insertion. Works when order is:modprobe wlan_scan_sta,modprobe wlan_wep,modprobe ath_pci

Atheros AR5006XS

Chipset:AR5006XS = (AR5414)
Chip:AR5414 (802.11a+b+g)
Supports:IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11b, 802.11g
Device Information:168c:001b
Notes:works with madwifi-r1352-20051208

Atheros AR5007EG

Chipset:AR2425 / AR5007EG
Supports:802.11b 802.11g
Interface:PCI-Express x1
Device Information: Ethernet controller: Atheros Communications, Inc. Unknown device 001c (rev 01),Subsystem: AMBIT Microsystem Corp. Unknown device 0428
Notes:not supported by HAL as of 2007.04.28 - resturns Hal status 3
Notes:Suported by ndiswrapper with windows driver, but some user reports crash problems
Notes:Instructions about how to use the windows driver + ndiswrapper

Atheros AR5BXB6

Chip:AR5212 (802.11abg) (rev 01)
Supports: IEEE 802.11b, 802.11g
Device Information:1014:058a
Notes:Works great with Madwifi included with Ubuntu Feisty. A 108Mbps mini-pci Express card.
Notes:This is what I have on my IBM/Lenovo ThinkPad? T61.

Atheros AR5BXB61

Supports: IEEE 802.11b, 802.11g
Notes:Works with madwifi 0.9.3 under Ubuntu Edgy on Samsung R20 laptop.
Notes:Didn't try madwifi driver provided by Ubuntu (restricted-modules).
Notes:To get DHCP working might be necessary to bring down other network interfaces (e.g. the LAN interface with following command for Ubuntu: "sudo ifdown eth0").

Atheros AR5BXB63

Chip: AR5BXB63 = (AR5211+AR5212)?
Supports: IEEE 802.11b, 802.11g
Notes:Dosen't work at all.
Notes:DevID 0428
Notes:In windows it's appears like AR5007EG
Notes: .inf file information
.inf file in windows:
%ATHER.DeviceDesc.3067%  = ATHER_DEV_04281468.ndi, PCI\VEN_168C&DEV_001C&SUBSYS_04281468 //References to this Device, Look  ATHER_DEV_04281468.ndi ,an curiosity look DeviceDesc, = 3067
[ATHER_DEV_04281468.ndi.NT]  //more parameters referencing this device
Characteristics = 0x84 ; NCF_PHYSICAL | NCF_HAS_UI
BusType         = 5
DelReg          = 5211.DelReg
AddReg          = 5211.reg, ATHER.reg, 5211.reg, 5212.abgmp.reg, customer3a.reg, ATHER_DEV_04281468.ID.REG
CopyFiles       = ATHER.CopyFiles.nt, DEFAULTDESTDIRS
DelFiles        = ATHER.DelIniFiles
//and the end of file we have
ATHER.DeviceDesc.3067  = "Atheros AR5007EG Wireless Network Adapter" // look that DeviceDesc.3067 references to  AR5007EG.!!????
Notes:In Openhal the interface ath0 show up but don't work
Notes:Aparentlye Hal don't support this, Hal returns HAL status 3