Intel PRO/Wireless 2100, 2200 and 2915 devices
This page describes how to enable support for WiFi devices based on Intel 2100, 2200 and 2915 chipsets on Debian systems.
ipw2100 (supported devices)
- Supports the Intel PRO/Wireless 2100 802.11b chipset.
- Introduced in Linux 2.6.14.
ipw2200 (supported devices)
- Supports Intel PRO/Wireless 2200 802.11bg and 2915 802.11a/bg chipsets.
- Introduced in Linux 2.6.15.
Non-free firmware is required for both drivers, which can be provided by installing the firmware-ipw2x00 package.
Installation via Debian Installer
Both drivers are included for use by the Debian installation program (Debian Installer) and are also within the installed Linux kernel image.
Debian Installer may prompt for the required firmware (ipw2100-1.3.fw or ipw2200-bss.fw). You will have to download, extract and provide the firmware, as explained in section 6.4 of the Installation Guide.
This is also available in the nonfree-firmware tarball. Supply this blob on a CD/floppy/USB drive etc. and Debian Installer will do the right thing.
Installation on Established Systems
The ipw2100 and ipw2200 drivers are included in the Linux kernel since version 2.6.14 and 2.6.15 respectively. They are included as modules in Debian Linux kernel images.
Firmware is required for device operation.
Add a "non-free" component to your apt sources for your Debian version, for example:
# Debian 11 "Bullseye" deb https://deb.debian.org/debian bullseye main contrib non-free
Update the list of available packages and install the firmware-ipw2x00 package:
# apt update # apt install firmware-ipw2x00You are required to accept the license agreement before the firmware is installed to your system.
As the driver may already be loaded, reinsert the relevant driver module to access installed firmware:
# modprobe -r ipw2100 ; modprobe ipw2100
# modprobe -r ipw2200 ; modprobe ipw2200
Configure your wireless interface as appropriate.
Examine the Linux kernel ring buffer (dmesg(1)) to verify required firmware files are being loaded by the driver. If requested firmware is not available, no wireless interface will be created.
Ensure the firmware-ipw2x00 package is installed, then reinsert the relevant driver module as described above.
ipw2200: If you receive a "Failed to send TX_POWER: Command timed out." message, add irqpoll to your Linux kernel command line.
- LED control (ipw2200): If the LED does not switch on automatically:
echo options ipw2200 led=1 >> /etc/modprobe.d/ipw2200.conf && modprobe -r ipw2200 ; modprobe ipw2200
The page HowToIdentifyADevice/PCI explains how to identify a PCI device.
The following list is based on the alias fields of modinfo ipw2100 in Debian 3.16 (3.16.7-ckt9-3~deb8u1) Linux kernel images.
PCI: 8086:1043 Intel Corporation PRO/Wireless LAN 2100 3B Mini PCI Adapter
The following list is based on the alias fields of modinfo ipw2200 in Debian 3.16 (3.16.7-ckt9-3~deb8u1) Linux kernel images.
PCI: 8086:1043 Intel Corporation PRO/Wireless LAN 2100 3B Mini PCI Adapter PCI: 8086:104F Intel Corporation (Device name unknown) PCI: 8086:4220 Intel Corporation PRO/Wireless 2200BG [Calexico2] Network Connection PCI: 8086:4221 Intel Corporation (Device name unknown) PCI: 8086:4223 Intel Corporation PRO/Wireless 2915ABG [Calexico2] Network Connection PCI: 8086:4224 Intel Corporation PRO/Wireless 2915ABG [Calexico2] Network Connection
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