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Marvell 88W8385, 88W8388, 88W8686 devices (libertas)

This page describes how to enable support for WiFi devices based on Marvell Libertas chipsets on Debian systems.

The libertas fullMAC driver provides support for wireless LAN devices based on specific Marvell Technology Group "Libertas" chipsets:

Supported devices are listed at the end of this page.

The driver is part of the Linux kernel. Non-free firmware is required for device operation.

{i} The Libertas 88W8335 (PCI) softMAC chipset is not supported (see NDISwrapper).

Installation

Debian 7 "Wheezy"

  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-libertas package:

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

  4. Configure your wireless interface as appropriate.

Debian 6.0 "Squeeze"

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

    # Debian 6.0 "Squeeze"
    deb http://http.debian.net/debian/ squeeze main contrib non-free
  2. Update the list of available packages and install the libertas-firmware package:

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

  4. Configure your wireless interface as appropriate.

Supported Devices

libertas_cs

libertas_sdio

libertas_spi

usb8xxx

The following list is based on the alias fields of modinfo usb8xxx in Debian 3.2.0 (3.2.46-1) kernel images.

See Also


CategoryHardware | CategoryWireless