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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.


zd1211rw is a module for ZyDAS ZD1211, ZD1211B and Atheros AR5007UG USB 802.11g wireless LAN chipsets. This is not to be confused with the ["zd1201"] module which supports the ZD1201 802.11b chipset.

After being acquired by Atheros, the ZyDAS ZD1211B chipset was rebranded as the "Atheros AR5007UG" (also known as AR2524/AR5524). Devices with chipsets bearing these names are also supported.

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


The zd1211rw driver is included in the mainline Linux kernel since 2.6.18-rc1. It is present in Debian kernel images.

<!> [:DebianEtch:Etch] users: Some ZD1211/ZD1211B devices may not be known to the zd1211rw driver in the 2.6.18 kernel. Refer to the [#troubleshoot troubleshooting section] to install a 2.6.24 kernel image.

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

    # Debian Lenny/5.0
    deb http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian lenny main contrib non-free


    # Debian Etch/4.0
    deb http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian etch main contrib non-free
  2. Install the wireless-tools and zd1211-firmware packages:

    aptitude update
    aptitude install wireless-tools zd1211-firmware
  3. Physically connect the device to your system.
  4. The necessary kernel module should be [:Modules:automatically loaded]. If necessary, it can be manually loaded via:

    modprobe zd1211rw
  5. Verify your device has an available interface:

  6. Raise the interface to activate the radio, for example:

    ifconfig wlan0 up
  7. [:WiFi/HowToUse:Configure] your wireless interface as appropriate.



  • Examine the kernel ring buffer (dmesg) to verify the required firmware files are being loaded by the driver. Lack of firmware is the usual reason for the "SIOCSIFFLAGS: No such file or directory" error message.
  • Atheros AR5007UG devices based on the UW2453 radio require a 2.6.23 or later kernel.
    • Etch users: Install and boot an [:EtchAndAHalf:] kernel (apt-cache search linux-image-2.6.24-etchnhalf and install a package appropriate for your system).

Supported Devices

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

The following list is based on the alias fields of  modinfo zd1201 on Lenny.

  • USB: 0053:5301 (Vendor name unknown) (Device name unknown)
    USB: 0411:00DA MelCo., Inc. WLI-U2-KG54L
    USB: 0471:1236 Philips SNU5600
    USB: 0471:1237 Philips TalkTalk SNU5630NS/05 Wireless Adapter
    USB: 050D:705C Belkin Components F5D7050 v4000 Wireless Adapter
    USB: 0586:3401 ZyXEL Communications Corp. ZyAIR G-220
    USB: 0586:3402 ZyXEL Communications Corp. (ZD1211)IEEE 802.11b+g Adapter
    USB: 0586:3407 ZyXEL Communications Corp. G-200 v2
    USB: 0586:3409 ZyXEL Communications Corp. AG-225H
    USB: 0586:340A ZyXEL Communications Corp. M-202
    USB: 0586:340F ZyXEL Communications Corp. G-220 v2
    USB: 0586:3410 ZyXEL Communications Corp. Wi-Fi Wireless LAN Adapter
    USB: 0586:3412 ZyXEL Communications Corp. Wi-Fi Wireless LAN Adapter
    USB: 0586:3413 ZyXEL Communications Corp. AG-225H v2 802.11a/g Wi-Fi Finder & Adapter
    USB: 079B:004A Sagem XG-760A
    USB: 079B:0062 Sagem XG-76NA
    USB: 07B8:6001 D-Link Corp. WL54
    USB: 083A:4505 Accton Technology Corp. SMCWUSB-G
    USB: 083A:E506 Accton Technology Corp. (Device name unknown)
    USB: 0ACE:1211 ZyDAS 802.11b/g USB2 WiFi
    USB: 0ACE:1215 ZyDAS WLA-54L WiFi
    USB: 0ACE:2011 ZyDAS (Device name unknown)
    USB: 0ACE:20FF ZyDAS (Device name unknown)
    USB: 0B05:170C ASUSTek Computer, Inc. WL-159g
    USB: 0B05:171B ASUSTek Computer, Inc. A9T wireless
    USB: 0B3B:1630 Tekram Technology Co., Ltd QuickWLAN
    USB: 0B3B:5630 Tekram Technology Co., Ltd ZD1211
    USB: 0BAF:0121 U.S. Robotics USR5423 WLAN
    USB: 0CDE:001A Z-Com ZD1211B
    USB: 0DF6:9071 Sitecom Europe B.V. zd1211 802.11g Adapter
    USB: 0DF6:9075 Sitecom Europe B.V. ZD1211B
    USB: 126F:A006 TwinMOS G240
    USB: 129B:1666 CyberTAN Technology TG54USB
    USB: 129B:1667 CyberTAN Technology (Device name unknown)
    USB: 13B1:001E Linksys (Device name unknown)
    USB: 13B1:0024 Linksys WUSBF54G v1.1 802.11g Adapter w/ Wi-Fi Finder
    USB: 1435:0711 Wistron NeWeb UR055G
    USB: 14EA:AB13 Planex Communications GW-US54Mini
    USB: 157E:300A TRENDnet TEW-429UB 802.11g Adapter with HotSpot Detector
    USB: 157E:300B TRENDnet TEW-429UB
    USB: 157E:300D TRENDnet TEW-429UB C1
    USB: 157E:3204 TRENDnet ALL0298 v2
    USB: 1582:6003 Fiberline WL-430U
    USB: 1740:2000 Senao NUB-8301
    USB: 2019:5303 PLANEX GW-US54GXS
    USB: 6891:A727 3Com 3CRUSB10075

See Also

  • ["zd1201"] - Help page for the ZyDAS ZD1201 chipset (802.11b USB devices)
  • [:WiFi/HowToUse:?HowToUse] Wifi adapter