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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 driver for ZyDAS ZD1211, ZD1211B and Atheros AR5007UG USB 802.11g wireless LAN chipsets, part of the Linux kernel since version 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. Devices with chipsets bearing these names are also supported.

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.


Firmware is required to be installed for device operation:

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

    # Debian Squeeze/6.0
    deb squeeze main contrib non-free
  2. Install the wireless-tools and zd1211-firmware packages:

    aptitude update && aptitude install wireless-tools 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.


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 2.6.32 (2.6.32-45) kernel images.

See Also

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