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ZyDAS ZD1211/ZD1211B and Atheros AR5007UG devices

This page describes how to enable support for WiFi devices based on ZyDAS ZD1211 chipsets on Debian systems.

The ZyDAS ZD1211, ZD1211B and Atheros AR5007UG USB 802.11g wireless LAN chipsets are supported by the zd1211rw Linux kernel driver, introduced at Linux 2.6.18. Supported devices are listed at the end of this page.

After being acquired by Atheros, the ZyDAS ZD1211B chipset was rebranded as the "Atheros AR5007UG", also known as AR2524/AR5524.

Non-free firmware is required, which can be provided by installing the zd1211-firmware package.

This driver is not to be confused with the zd1201 driver which supports the ZD1201 802.11b chipset.

Installation

Firmware is required to be installed for device operation.

Debian 7 "Wheezy", Debian 6.0 "Squeeze"

  1. Add a "non-free" component to /etc/apt/sources.list for your Debian version, 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 zd1211-firmware package:

    apt-get update && apt-get install zd1211-firmware
  3. Connect the device to your system. The zd1211rw kernel module is automatically loaded for supported devices.

  4. Configure your 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-zd1211 package:

    apt-get update && apt-get install firmware-zd1211
  3. Connect the device to your system. The zd1211rw kernel module is automatically loaded for supported devices.

  4. Configure your wireless interface as appropriate.

Troubleshooting

Supported Devices

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

The following list is based on the alias fields of modinfo zd1211rw in Debian 3.2.0 (3.2.57-3) kernel images.

See Also


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