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Version 60 (modified by, 12 years ago)


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(only ofdm)
Notes:Also works with madwifi-old-openhal

Atheros AR5002X

Chipset:AR5002X = (AR5212 + AR5112)
Chip:AR5212 (802.11a +???)
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???)
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 +???)
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???)
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)
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
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 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
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)
Supports: IEEE 802.11b, 802.11g
Notes: Works perfectly with madwifi on fedora 7 with kernel

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
Notes:Works on Everex XT500T, OpenSuse 10.3, madwifi; for some reason had to ifconfig wifi0 up to get it to work, peachy now though
Notes:Works on Acer Aspire 4315, after using
Notes:Works on Gigabyte W251U

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 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 -->
Notes:This patch is tested and working on:
Notes:Acer Aspire 5315, Acer Aspire 5520 - detected as AR5006EG, Acer Aspire 5613WLMi, Toshiba Satellite A210, LG E500, Packard Bell EasyNote? MX-52, Samsung P500, Asus X51RL, MSI-VR601-051, Fujitsu-Siemens Amilo LI1718, Fujitsu-Siemens Amilo PA2510, Asus EEEPC more, Acer Aspire 5570, Acer Aspire 5100, Toshiba Satellite Pro L40-136, Toshiba Satellite P200-170 (PSPBQA) - detected as AR5006EG, Acer Aspire 5050-3785 - detect as AR5006eg working ok
Notes:How-to compile madwifi and the patch

Atheros AR5008-3NG

Chipset:AR5008-3NG (5416)
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: 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
Notes:Working on Ubuntu 7.04 and Debian Etch with madwifi r2756 + patch (madwifi-ng-0933.ar2425.20071130.i386)
Notes:Working in Fedora 8 with ndiswrapper 1.52 and WinXP drivers AR5007EG (ath5k module blacklisted)
Notes:fully works with Backtrack 3 Beta