Qualcomm Atheros AR8161, AR8162, QCA8171, QCA8172 Ethernet controllers
This page describes how to enable support for specific Qualcomm Atheros Ethernet controllers on Debian systems.
alx is a Linux kernel driver supporting the Qualcomm Atheros AR8161 and QCA8171 Gigabit Ethernet controllers, and the AR8162 and QCA8172 Fast Ethernet controllers. Supported devices are listed at the end of this page.
Debian 8 "Jessie"
This release has full support for the AR8161, AR8162, QCA8171, QCA8172 and "Killer E2200" Ethernet controllers.
Debian 7 "Wheezy"
This release has initial support for the AR8161 and AR8162 Ethernet controllers.
QCA8171, QCA8172, Killer E2200
Support for QCA8171, QCA8172 and "Killer E2200" devices can be provided using later Linux kernel packages available via wheezy-backports:
Add Debian Backports sources to /etc/apt/sources.list, for example:
# Backported packages for Debian 7 "Wheezy" deb http://httpredir.debian.org/debian/ wheezy-backports main
Update the list of available packages and install the appropriate backported Linux kernel packages:
# apt-get update # apt-get -t wheezy-backports install linux-image-$(uname -r|sed 's,[^-]*-[^-]*-,,')
Restart your system and boot with the newly installed kernel. The alx kernel module is automatically loaded for supported devices.
Configure your network interface, see NetworkConfiguration.
The page HowToIdentifyADevice/PCI explains how to identify a PCI device.
The following list is based on the alias fields of modinfo alx in Debian 3.16 (3.16.7-ckt9-3~deb8u1) kernel images.
PCI: 1969:1090 Qualcomm Atheros AR8162 Fast Ethernet PCI: 1969:1091 Qualcomm Atheros AR8161 Gigabit Ethernet PCI: 1969:10A0 Qualcomm Atheros QCA8172 Fast Ethernet PCI: 1969:10A1 Qualcomm Atheros QCA8171 Gigabit Ethernet PCI: 1969:E091 Qualcomm Atheros Killer E220x Gigabit Ethernet Controller