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


ath5k is a completely FOSS wireless driver for ar5000 Atheros based chipsets. It is now part John's of wireless-dev branch



This driver is VERY new and under HEAVY development. Some users have reported success, some others have haven't had luck

supported chips

Tested chipsets are AR5211

available devices

Please visit [] for a complete list of supported devices


Supports 802.11abg, depending on the chipset, and some vendor extensions such as Atheros XR and Turbo. This driver requires no firmware!


  • Station Mode

not working yet

  • Access Point mode

  • Turbo

  • XR

Get driver

This driver is currently only in the ath5k branch of wireless-dev.

Project Home Page

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