Atheros USB IEEE 802.11a/b/g wireless network
To compile this driver into the kernel, place the following lines in your kernel
Alternatively, to load the driver as a module at boot time, place the following
driver supports USB 2.0 wireless
network devices based on Atheros Communications fifth generation AR5005UG and
The AR5005UG chipset is made of an AR5523 multiprotocol MAC/baseband processor
and an AR2112 Radio-on-a-Chip that can operate between 2300 and 2500 MHz
The AR5005UX chipset is made of an AR5523 multiprotocol MAC/baseband processor
and an AR5112 dual band Radio-on-a-Chip that can operate between 2300 and 2500
MHz (802.11b/g) or 4900 and 5850 MHz (802.11a).
The AR5005UG and AR5005UX chipsets both have an integrated 32-bit MIPS
R4000-class processor that runs a firmware and manages, among other things,
the automatic control of the transmit rate and the calibration of the radio.
mode operation. Only one virtual
interface may be configured at any time. For more information on configuring
this device, see
requires firmware that is downloaded to
the device. This is normally done by the
utility that is launched by
when the device is inserted.
includes the firmware in the binary program. This firmware is licensed for
general use and is included in the base system.
driver should work with the
An up to date list can be found at
Join an existing BSS network (i.e., connect to an access point):
ifconfig wlan create wlandev uath0 inet 192.168.0.20 \
Join a specific BSS network with network name
ifconfig wlan create wlandev uath0
ssid my_net up
Join a specific BSS network with 64-bit WEP encryption:
ifconfig wlan create wlandev uath0 ssid my_net \
wepmode on wepkey 0x1234567890 weptxkey 1 up
Join a specific BSS network with 128-bit WEP encryption:
ifconfig wlan create wlandev uath0 wlanmode adhoc ssid my_net \
wepmode on wepkey 0x01020304050607080910111213 weptxkey 1
- uath%d: could not send command (error=%s)
- An attempt to send a command to the firmware failed.
- uath%d: timeout waiting for command reply
- A read command was sent to the firmware but the firmware failed to reply
- uath%d: device timeout
- A frame dispatched to the hardware for transmission did not complete in
time. The driver will reset the hardware. This should not happen.
driver first appeared in
driver was written by
and Sam Leffler
It is distantly related to a driver written by
Atheros proprietary 108 Mbps mode (aka Super AG mode) is not supported.
Dual-band adapters are presently not working; to workaround, restriction
operation to 2.4GHz channels.