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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.


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 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 which is built regularly on Supply this blob on a CD/floppy/USB drive etc. and Debian Installer will do the right thing. -- SteveMcIntyre

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 kernel images.

Firmware is required for device operation.

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

    # Debian 8 "Jessie"
    deb jessie main contrib non-free
  2. Update the list of available packages and install the firmware-ipw2x00 and wireless-tools packages:

    # apt-get update
    # apt-get install firmware-ipw2x00 wireless-tools
    You are required to accept the license agreement before the firmware is installed to your system.
  3. 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
  4. Configure your wireless interface as appropriate.


Supported Devices

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) kernel images.


The following list is based on the alias fields of modinfo ipw2200 in Debian 3.16 (3.16.7-ckt9-3~deb8u1) kernel images.

See Also

CategoryHardware | CategoryWireless