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Firmware is required for device operation. Two options are available:
 * download, compile and install [[#fw-free|open ath9k_htc firmware]] ''OR''
 * install [[#fw-nonfree|non-free firmware]] (part of the DebianPkg:firmware-atheros package)
Firmware is required, which can be provided by installing the DebianPkg:firmware-atheros package. [[/open_firmware|Open firmware]] for this driver is also available.
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== Installation (free firmware) ==

 1. Install required packages: {{{
$ su
# apt-get install build-essential cmake git m4 && exit
}}}
 1. Clone the 1.3 branch: {{{
$ git clone -b 1.3 https://github.com/qca/open-ath9k-htc-firmware.git
$ cd open-ath9k-htc-firmware
}}}
 1. Fix [[https://github.com/qca/open-ath9k-htc-firmware/issues/6|issue 6]] which causes the build process to fail: {{{
$ mkdir target_firmware/magpie_fw_dev/build/utility/bin
}}}
 1. Build the toolchain: {{{
$ make toolchain
}}}
 1. Build the firmware: {{{
$ ./build
}}}
 1. Install the firmware: {{{
$ su
# mkdir /usr/local/lib/firmware && cp *.fw /usr/local/lib/firmware/
}}}
 1. Connect the device to your system. The ath9k_htc kernel module is [[Modules|automatically loaded]] for supported devices.
 1. [[WiFi/HowToUse|Configure]] your wireless interface as appropriate.
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== Installation (non-free firmware) == == Installation ==
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The following list is based on the ''alias'' fields of {{{modinfo ath9k_htc}}} in Debian 3.2.0 (3.2.46-1) kernel images. The following list is based on the ''alias'' fields of {{{modinfo ath9k_htc}}} in Debian 3.2.0 (3.2.51-1) kernel images.
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 * [[/open_firmware]] - Open firmware for ath9k_htc
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 * http://wireless.kernel.org/en/developers/GSoC/2012/ath9k_htc_open_firmware
 * https://github.com/qca/open-ath9k-htc-firmware

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Atheros AR9271, AR7010 devices (ath9k_htc)

This page describes how to enable support for WiFi devices based on Atheros AR9271 and AR7010 chipsets on Debian systems.

ath9k_htc is a Linux kernel driver supporting Atheros 802.11n USB chipsets, introduced at Linux 2.6.35. Supported devices are listed at the end of this page.

AR7010-based devices (e.g. Netgear WNDA3200, TP-Link TL-WN821N v3) operate in USB mass storage mode by default. Since Linux 2.6.39, the driver sends the necessary command to enable wireless LAN operation.1

Firmware is required, which can be provided by installing the firmware-atheros package. Open firmware for this driver is also available.

{i} Atheros AR9170-based 802.11 draft-n devices are supported by carl9170.

Installation

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

    # Debian 7 "Wheezy"
    deb http://http.debian.net/debian/ wheezy 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 your system. The ath9k_htc kernel module is automatically loaded for supported devices.

  4. Configure your 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 ath9k_htc in Debian 3.2.0 (3.2.51-1) kernel images.

  • USB: 040D:3801 VIA Technologies, Inc. (Device name unknown)
    USB: 0411:017F BUFFALO INC. (formerly MelCo., Inc.) Sony UWA-BR100 802.11abgn Wireless Adapter [Atheros AR7010+AR9280]
    USB: 04CA:4605 Lite-On Technology Corp. (Device name unknown)
    USB: 057C:8403 AVM GmbH Fritz!WLAN N v2 [Atheros AR9271]
    USB: 07D1:3A10 D-Link System DWA-126 802.11n Wireless Adapter [Atheros AR9271]
    USB: 083A:A704 Accton Technology Corp. (Device name unknown)
    USB: 0846:9018 NetGear, Inc. WNDA3200 802.11abgn Wireless Adapter [Atheros AR7010+AR9280]
    USB: 0846:9030 NetGear, Inc. WNA1100 Wireless-N 150 [Atheros AR9271]
    USB: 0CF3:1006 Atheros Communications, Inc. TP-Link TL-WN322G v3 / TL-WN422G v2 802.11g [Atheros AR9271]
    USB: 0CF3:20FF Atheros Communications, Inc. AR7010 (no firmware)
    USB: 0CF3:7010 Atheros Communications, Inc. (Device name unknown)
    USB: 0CF3:7015 Atheros Communications, Inc. TP-Link TL-WN821N v3 / TL-WN822N v2 802.11n [Atheros AR7010+AR9287]
    USB: 0CF3:9271 Atheros Communications, Inc. AR9271 802.11n
    USB: 0CF3:B003 Atheros Communications, Inc. Ubiquiti WiFiStationEXT 802.11n [Atheros AR9271]
    USB: 13D3:3327 IMC Networks (Device name unknown)
    USB: 13D3:3328 IMC Networks (Device name unknown)
    USB: 13D3:3346 IMC Networks (Device name unknown)
    USB: 13D3:3348 IMC Networks (Device name unknown)
    USB: 13D3:3349 IMC Networks (Device name unknown)
    USB: 13D3:3350 IMC Networks (Device name unknown)
    USB: 1668:1200 Actiontec Electronics, Inc. [hex] 802AIN Wireless N Network Adapter [Atheros AR9170+AR9101]

See Also


CategoryHardware | CategoryWireless