Atheros AR9170 USB IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n wireless
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 the Atheros AR9170 chipset.
The Atheros AR9170 is a draft-802.11n adapter that uses an external radio to
operate in either 2.4GHz only or 2.4GHz and 5GHz.
The AR9101 radio supports 1T1R operation in 2GHz only.
The AR9102 radio supports 2T2R operation in 2GHz only.
The AR9104 radio supports 2T2R operation both 2GHz and 5GHz.
These are the modes the
- BSS mode
- Also known as infrastructure mode, this is
used when associating with an access point, through which all traffic
passes. This mode is the default.
driver can be configured to use
Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) or Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA-PSK and
WPA2-PSK). WPA is the de facto encryption standard for wireless networks. It
is strongly recommended that WEP not be used as the sole mechanism to secure
wireless communication, due to serious weaknesses in it.
driver can be configured at runtime
The driver needs at least version 1.0 of the following firmware files, which is
loaded when an interface is attached:
driver provices support for Atheros
AR9170 USB IEEE 802.11b/g/n wireless network adapters, including:
- 3Com 3CRUSBN275
- Arcadyan WN7512
- CACE AirPcap Nx
- D-Link DWA-130 rev D1
- D-Link DWA-160 rev A1
- D-Link DWA-160 rev A2
- IO-Data WN-GDN/US2
- NEC Aterm WL300NU-G
- Netgear WNDA3100
- Netgear WN111 v2
- Planex GW-US300
- SMC Networks SMCWUSB-N2
- TP-Link TL-WN821N v1, v2
- Ubiquiti SR71 USB
- Unex DNUA-81
- Z-Com UB81
- Z-Com UB82
- ZyXEL NWD-271N
Join an existing BSS network (i.e., connect to an access point):
ifconfig wlan create wlandev otus0 inet 192.168.0.20 \
Join a specific BSS network with network name
ifconfig wlan create wlandev otus0
ssid my_net up
Join a specific BSS network with 64-bit WEP encryption:
ifconfig wlan create wlandev otus0 ssid my_net \
wepmode on wepkey 0x1234567890 weptxkey 1 up
- %s: failed load firmware of file otusfw-main
- For some reason, the driver was unable to read the microcode file from the
filesystem. The file might be missing or corrupted.
driver first appeared in
driver was written by
and ported by Adrian Chadd
driver only supports 802.11a/b/g
operations. 802.11 operation is not supported at this time.