Status of Atheros Wifi Hardware

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Supported NICs

Generally speaking, all 802.11abgn NICs are supported, save the AR5513 MIMO 802.11abg NIC.

Anything listed on http://wikidevi.com/wiki/Atheros should be supported.

However:

Supported Chipsets

This is a list of chipsets which the ath(4) and ath_hal(4) code supports.

Chipset

Bus

MAC

Radio

Description

Antennas

802.11n Spatial Streams

Notes

AR5210

PCI

AR5210

AR5210

802.11a only, first generation

2

N/A

AR5211

PCI

AR5211

AR5211

802.11a / 802.11b / "pure-G" (no 11bg)

2

N/A

AR5212

PCI

AR5212

Various

802.11bg/802.11a chipsets

2

N/A

AR2413

PCI/PCIe

Integrated

AR5413

PCI/PCIe

AR5424

PCIe

AR2417

PCI

AR5213

?

AR5416

PCI

AR5416

AR2133 (2ghz) / AR5133 (2/5ghz)

802.11bg(a)n

3

2x2

AR5418

PCIe

AR5416

AR9130

PCI

AR9130

AR2133 (2ghz)

802.11bgn

3

2x2

Embedded; part of the AR913x CPU SoC

AR9160

PCI

AR9160

AR9103 (2ghz) / AR9106 (2/5ghz)

802.11bg(a)n

3

2x2

AR9220

PCI

AR9280

various

802.11bg(a)n

2

2x2

AR9280

PCIe

AR9280

integrated

802.11bg(a)n

2

2x2

AR9281

PCIe

AR9280

integrated

802.11bgn

2

1 TX, 2 RX

This requires an up to date -HEAD for the TX/RX chain configuration to be successfully read from EEPROM

AR9283

PCIe

AR9280

integrated

802.11bgn

2

2x2

AR9285

PCIe

AR9285

integrated

802.11bgn

2

1x1

AR2427

PCIe

AR9285

integrated

802.11bg

2

N/A

This is an AR9285 but without the 11n functionality

AR9287

PCIe

AR9287

integrated

802.11bgn

2

2x2

Supports Short-GI in HT/20 mode

AR9227

PCI

AR9287

AR9380

PCIe

AR9380

integrated

802.11abgn

3

3x3

See dev/ath_hal(4)/AR9300

AR9390

PCIe

AR9380

integrated

802.11abgn

3

3x3

See dev/ath_hal(4)/AR9300

AR9485

PCIe

AR9485

integrated

802.11abg

2

1x1

See dev/ath_hal(4)/AR9300

AR9462

PCIe

AR9462

integrated

802.11abgn

2

2x2

See dev/ath_hal(4)/AR9300

AR955x

PCIe

AR9550

integrated

802.11abgn

2

2x2

See dev/ath_Hal(4)/AR9300

Known chipset issues/limitations/bugs

AR5416 / AR5418

AR9130

AR9160

AR9220/AR9280

AR9285

AR9227/AR9287

Chipsets which I'll be working on

I'll be working on these chipsets once bugs/issues in the above are sorted out.

Chipsets I won't be working on

Vendor Sources

Hardware Matrix

The following is a list of hardware I've used/tested on FreeBSD-HEAD.

Note that "Max TX power" normally refers to TX power at low rates (<24mbit.)

Hardware I own

Card

MAC

PHY

Revision Info

Bus

Modes

Max TX Power

Support

Problems

Last known good SVN revision

Ubiquiti SR71A

AR9160-AC1E

AR9106-AL1A

ath0: AR9160 mac 64.0 RF5133 phy 11.0

Mini-PCI

abgn

16dBm per radio; 3x TX radios

Works Well

Hostap in 11bg and 11a works well; Station mode works well

HEAD

Ubiquiti SR-2

AR5213A-001

MiniPCI

bg

26dBm

Works Well

WPA in hostapd mode is broken until the first group rekey

HEAD

Ubiquiti SR71A-12

AR9220

MiniPCI

bgn

26dBm

Broken

Currently broken and causes a PCI bus panic; need to investigate why

HEAD

Ubiquiti SR71A-15

AR9220

ath0: AR9280 mac 128.2 RF5133 phy 13.0

MiniPCI

an

26dBm

Works Well

STA and HostAP modes work well at full TX power mode

HEAD

Ubiquiti SR71E

AR9280

MiniPCIe

abgn

26dBm

Works well

Works well in all operating modes, STA/Hostap, legacy and 802.11n

HEAD

?

AR9283

ath0: AR9280 mac 128.2 RF5133 phy 13.0

Mini-PCIe

bgn

??

Works Well

Station mode is stable; hostap mode has not been tested; this is an open-loop TX power control board

HEAD r217921

?

AR2427 (AR9285 w/ 11n disabled)

ath0: AR9285 mac 192.2 RF5133 phy 14.0

Mini-PCIe

bg

??

Stable

11bg STA is stable

AR5BMB

AR5416-AC1A

?

ath1: AR5416 mac 13.10 RF5133 phy 8.1

MiniPCI

abgn

?

Stable

11bg STA is stable

-HEAD

?

AR9285

?

ath0: AR9285 mac 192.2 RF5133 phy 14.0

Mini-PCIe

bgn

?

Stable

11bg STA is stable

-HEAD

Unex DNMA-83

AR9160-BC1A

?

ath0: AR9160 mac 64.1 RF5133 phy 11.0

Mini-PCI

abgn

?

Stable

Stable in 11bg/11a; STA/hostap

-HEAD

AR9287

AR9287-BL1A

integrated

ath0: AR9287 mac 384.2 RF5133 phy 15.15

Mini-PCIe

bgn

?

Stable

Stable in 11bg/11gn; STA/hostap

-HEAD

MB97

AR9227

integrated

Mini-PCI

bgn

?

Stable

Sable in 11bg/11gn; STA/Hostap; this is a Kite rev 1.1 reference design

-HEAD

DBii F52N-PRO

AR9220-AC1A

integrated

Mini-PCI

abgn

??

Partially stable

4.9 and 5ghz stable; the NIC has issues w/ 2.4ghz channels

-HEAD

MB51

AR2413

RF2413 (integrated)

ath1: AR2413 mac 7.8 RF2413 phy 4.5

Mini-PCI

bg

?

Stable

This is an AR2413 reference design

MB55

AR2417

AR5424 (integrated)

AR2417 mac 15.0 RF5424 phy 7.0

Mini-PCI

bg

?

Stable

Stable in 11bg STA/Hostap; this is an AR2417 reference design

Reports from other users

AR5B95

AR9285

?

ath0: AR9285 mac 192.2 RF5133 phy 14.0

Mini-PCIe

bgn

?

Stable

Stable in station mode

-HEAD

3Com 3CRWE154A72

AR5212

ath0: AR5212 mac 5.6 RF5112 phy 4.1

PCMCIA

abg

?

Stable

Hostap untested

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dev/ath_hal(4)/HardwareSupport (last edited 2013-10-13 18:07:05 by AdrianChadd)