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Atheros AR5523 devices

This page describes how to enable support for WiFi devices based on Atheros AR5005UG and AR5005UX chipsets on Debian systems.

ar5523 is a free and open source mac80211 driver introduced at Linux 3.8.

It supports wireless LAN devices based on specific Qualcomm Atheros USB chipsets:

Supported devices are listed at the end of this page. Non-free firmware is required for device operation.

{i} Atheros AR5007UG 802.11g USB devices are supported by the zd1211rw driver.

{i} Atheros 802.11n USB devices are supported by the ath9k_htc and carl9170 drivers.

Installation

Debian 7 "Wheezy"

  1. Add Debian Backports sources to /etc/apt/sources.list, also including the "non-free" component. For example:

    # Backported packages for Debian 7 "Wheezy"
    deb http://http.debian.net/debian/ wheezy-backports main contrib non-free
  2. Update the list of available packages. Install the current backported Linux kernel and firmware-atheros packages. For example:

    # apt-get update
    # apt-get -t wheezy-backports install linux-image-$(uname -r|sed 's,[^-]*-[^-]*-,,') firmware-atheros
  3. Restart the system and boot with the newly installed kernel.
  4. Connect the device to the system. The ar5523 kernel module is automatically loaded for supported devices.

  5. Configure the wireless interface as appropriate.

Debian "Jessie" (testing)

  1. Add a "non-free" component to /etc/apt/sources.list, for example:

    # Debian "Jessie" (testing)
    deb http://http.debian.net/debian/ jessie main contrib non-free
  2. Update the list of available packages and install the firmware-atheros package:

    # apt-get update && apt-get install firmware-atheros
  3. Connect the device to the system. The ar5523 kernel module is automatically loaded for supported devices.

  4. Configure the wireless interface as appropriate.

Supported Devices

The page HowToIdentifyADevice/USB explains how to identify a USB device.

The following list is based on the alias fields of modinfo ar5523 in Debian 3.13 (3.13.5-1) kernel images.

See Also


CategoryHardware | CategoryWireless