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


ath9k is a completely FOSS wireless driver for Atheros IEEE 802.11n WLAN based chipsets.

Mailing list

Our mailing list for this driver is:

Get the code

The temporary git URL to build this driver separately is:


Enabling ath9k

To enable ath9k, you must first enable mac80211:

Networking  --->
  Wireless  --->
    <M> Improved wireless configuration API
    <M> Generic IEEE 802.11 Networking Stack (mac80211)

You can then enable ath9k in the kernel configuration under

Device Drivers  --->
  [*] Network device support  --->
        Wireless LAN  --->
          <M>   Atheros 802.11n wireless cards support

supported chips

  • AR5418+AR5133
  • AR5416+AR5133
  • AR5416+AR2133
  • AR9160
  • AR9280
  • AR9281

Products in the retail market containing Atheros AR5008-based solutions


  • N1 Wireless Notebook Card

  • DWA-642 RangeBooster N Notebook Adapter

  • DWA-645 RangeBooster N650 Notebook Adapter

  • DWA-542 RangeBooster N Desktop Adapter

  • DWA-547 RangeBooster N650 Desktop Adapter

  • DWA-652 XtremeN Notebook Adapter
  • DWA-552 XtremeN Desktop Adapter
  • DWA-643 Xtreme N ExpressCard Notebook Adapter

  • DWA-556 Xtreme N PCIe Desktop Adapter


  • WPC300Nv2
  • WMP300Nv2
  • WPC100N
  • WMP110N


  • WL300NC


  • WNHDE111 Video Bridge
  • WN711, Wireless-N eXpresscard adapter


  • Station Mode


Things on our TODO list.


  • Cleanup any redundant data structures
  • Give regulatory a good scrubbing, specially once CRDA goes in

Coming soon

  • IBSS/Mesh
  • AP
  • LED

Distributions picking this up

OpenWrt became the first distribution to pick up ath9k and contribute to it.

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