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Version 55 (modified by tdallas@zujik.com, 11 years ago)
Added laptop to AR5007EG, confirmed as working

Atheros

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)
URL:http://www.atheros.com
Interface:Cardbus
Antenna Connector:(unknown type)
Device Information:168c:0007 Subsystem: Unknown device 168c:1011

Atheros AR5001X+

Chipset:AR5001X+ = (AR5211 + AR5111 + AR2111)
Chip:AR5211 (802.11a +???)
URL:http://www.atheros.com/pt/AR5001Bulletins.htm
Supports:IEEE 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g(only ofdm)
Notes:Also works with madwifi-old-openhal

Atheros AR5002X

Chipset:AR5002X = (AR5212 + AR5112)
Chip:AR5212 (802.11a +???)
URL:http://www.atheros.com/pt/AR5002X.htm
Supports:IEEE 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g
Notes:Also works with madwifi-old-openhal

Atheros AR5002G

Chipset:AR5002G = (AR5212 + AR2112)
Chip:AR5212 (802.11???)
URL:http://www.atheros.com/pt/AR5002G.htm
Supports:IEEE 802.11b, 802.11g
Notes:Should work with madwifi-old-openhal but not tested, please give feedback

Atheros AR5004X

Chipset:AR5004X = (AR5213 + AR5112)
Chip:AR5213 (802.11a +???)
URL:http://www.atheros.com/pt/AR5004X.htm
Supports:IEEE 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g
Notes:Also works with madwifi-old-openhal

Atheros AR5004G

Chipset:AR5004G = (AR5213 + AR2112)
Chip:AR5213 (802.11???)
URL:http://www.atheros.com/pt/AR5004G.htm
Supports:IEEE 802.11b, 802.11g
Notes:Should work with madwifi-old-openhal but not tested, please give feedback

Atheros AR5005G

Chipset:AR5005G = (AR2413)
Chip:AR2413 (802.11b+g)
URL:http://www.atheros.com/pt/AR5005G.htm
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 2.6.18.3) and madwifi 0.9.2. Just modprobe ath_pci after compiling/installing. (this on an Acer 3102 wlmi)
Notes: For Kernel 2.6.22.1 use trunk version (madwifi 0.9.3.1 release doesn't compile): svn checkout http://svn.madwifi.org/madwifi/trunk 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 http://www.archernar.co.uk/acer_acpi/acer_acpi_main.html
Notes: Works on the Acer Aspire 3053 if you reload the modules (see http://rik.rikva.nl/?q=node/10) 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
Notes: Works out of the box with Ubuntu 7.10 and 6.06

Atheros AR5005G

Supports: IEEE 802.11b, 802.11g
Notes:Works with madwifi 0.9.2.1-0.1 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 Linuxbuilders.net
Notes:worked on Acer 5101 with Mandriva 2007.1 'v0.9.3.2-2 installed in this kernel'

Atheros AR5005GS

Chipset:AR5005GS = (AR5212)
Chip: AR5212 (802.11b+g)
URL: http://www.atheros.com/pt/AR5005GS.htm
Supports: IEEE 802.11b, 802.11g
Notes: Works perfectly with madwifi 0.9.3.1 on fedora 7 with 2.6.22.1-41.fc7 kernel

Atheros AR5005VL

Chipset:AR5005VL = (AR5513)
Chip:AR5513 (802.11a+b+g)
URL:http://www.atheros.com/pt/AR5005VL.htm
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)
URL:http://www.atheros.com/pt/bulletins/AR5006EGBulletin.pdf
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
Notes:Works on Everex XT500T, OpenSuse 10.3, madwifi 0.9.3.3; for some reason had to ifconfig wifi0 up to get it to work, peachy now though
Notes:Works on Acer Aspire 4315, after using http://madwifi.org/ticket/1679

Atheros AR5006XS

Chipset:AR5006XS = (AR5414)
Chip:AR5414 (802.11a+b+g)
URL:http://www.atheros.com/pt/AR5006XS.htm
Supports:IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11b, 802.11g
Device Information:168c:001b
Notes:works with madwifi-r1352-20051208

Atheros AR5007EG

Chipset:AR2425 / AR5007EG
URL:http://atheros.com/pt/AR5007EG.htm
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 3065
Notes:not supported by HAL as of 2007.04.28 - resturns Hal status 13
Notes:Suported by ndiswrapper with windows driver, but some user reports crash problems
Notes:Instructions about how to use the windows driver + ndiswrapper
Notes:works fine with ndiswrapper, using old drivers, search ubuntu forums
Notes:Sometimes erroneously reported as an AR5006EG by lspci
Notes:Works perfectly with latest madwifi snapshot and this patch --> http://madwifi.org/ticket/1679
Notes:This patch is tested and working on:
Notes:Acer Aspire 5315, Acer Aspire 5520, Acer Aspire 5613WLMi, Toshiba Satellite A210, LG E500, Packard Bell EasyNote? MX-52, Samsung P500, Asus X51RL, MSI-VR601-051, Fujitsu-Siemens Amilo LI1718, Asus EEEPC more, Acer Aspire 5570, Acer Aspire 5100, Toshiba Satellite Pro L40-136, Toshiba Satellite P200-170 (PSPBQA) - detected as AR5006EG, (post your models here)
Notes:How-to compile madwifi and the patch

Atheros AR5008-3NG

Chipset:AR5008-3NG (5416)
URL:http://atheros.com/pt/AR50083NG.htm
Supports:802.11b 802.11g draft 802.11n
Interface:PCI-Express x1
Notes:didn't get it to work at all, Zepto 3215w Notebook with "Zepto" b,g,n wifi chipset

Atheros AR5BMB5

Chipset:AR2413 802.11bg (rev 01)
Supports:802.11b 802.11g
Interface:PCI-Express x1
Notes:Works flawlessly out-the-box with Madwifi included with Ubuntu Gutsy Gibon.

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.
Notes:Works unreliably under Ubuntu Fiesity with D-Link PCI card. Connection dies randomly requiring interface to be restarted, sometimes requires a reboot to make a new connection.

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").
Notes:Ad-hoc Mode doesn't work for me at all.

Atheros AR5BXB63

Chip: wi-fi.org says that is AR5006EG
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:It's returns Hal status 13, and sometimes hal status 3
Notes:In Openhal the interface ath0 show up there aren't any communication, the commands like iwlist return error.
Notes:Suported by ndiswrapper ver 1.47 (use tarball package) with windows xp driver.
Notes:In Fedora 7, crash (kernel panic) when try to load ndiswrapper (modprobe ndiswrapper)
Notes:Crash because default kernel limit stack to 4k. Need to recompile kernel with CONFIG_4KSTACKS disabled.
Notes:Works on Ubuntu 7.10 with ndiswrapper 1.50 (and uninstalled madwifi modules)
Notes:Works on Mandriva 2008 with ndiswrapper 1.47 and windows xp AR5007EG driver from www.atheros.cz
Notes:Working on Ubuntu 7.04 and Debian Etch with madwifi r2756 + patch (madwifi-ng-0933.ar2425.20071130.i386)
Notes:fully works with Backtrack 3 Beta