NOTE: this page is for archival only, see the note at the end of the page.

Stable compat-wireless releases

This page is dedicated to the stable kernel compat-wireless releases. This started with the announcement of work for 2.6.30-rc series and will continue for all stable kernels releases. These stable releases are intended for users looking for more stability than what bleeding edge daily compat-wireless releases provide.

Case for support

Wireless vendors are encouraged to use these releases for support purposes as no extra tree needs to be created and supported. Stable fixes must always be sent upstream as well. This ensures wireless vendors are testing with stable kernels and helping stabilize the kernels further.


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We recommend these the following userspace applications to be installed:


You need kernel headers to compile compat-wireless. Ensure /lib/modules/$(uname -r)/build/ exists and points to the location where the kernel headers are installed. If you do not have them, read your distribution's documentation on getting help.

Unpacking source

After downloading, unpack the source by typing (as example: version 2.6.32-rc5):

tar -xf /path/to/compat-wireless-2.6.32-rc5.tar.bz2

Note: Modern tar selects decompressor automatically (otherwise add "–bzip2" or "-j").

Building and installing

cd /path/to/compat-wireless-2.6.32-rc5
./scripts/driver-select <driver-name>
sudo make install


After build and installation unload modules and drivers:

sudo make unload


To load the new shiny drivers either reboot or just modprobe the module you want. To test whether or not the new drivers are being picked up you can use modprobe -l on the modules, you should see the wireless modules being picked up using the updates/ directory instead of the kernel/ directory. For example (ath9k driver):

$ modules="cfg80211 mac80211 ath9k"

$ for i in $modules; do sudo modprobe -l $i; done

Note that the make install command will output this for you so you can just look at that.

Note #2: If you got no network connection automatically, try to restart your network. For Debian systems do:

sudo /etc/init.d/networking restart


If you find a bug, please ensure you are on the latest kernel for that series. Bugs should be reported upstream on the You may also want to address this on the linux-wireless mailing list first. For more details please see our reporting bugs guidelines.


If you have a patch for an bug please also ensure you are using the latest release for the respective kernel. If unsure you can ask on the linux-wireless mailing list. If you are sure its a fix you can send the patches to:


Maintaining of releases

Refer to the maintenance section for details on how the stable releases are made and how to checkout the compat-wireless code for those releases.

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