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

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p54 is a driver for Intersil's Prism54 chips series. It supports both older full-MAC devices (with new soft-MAC firmware) and newer soft-MAC devices. It is included in the Linux kernel.


Before you can use the hardware, you have to get the the right firmware.

supported chips

  • ISL3877, ISL3880, ISL3890 and ISL3886 (miniPCI)
  • ISL3886 + net2280 (USB, 1st generation with net2280 usb<->pci bridge)

  • ISL3887 (USB, 2nd generation, native USB interface)

available devices

For a complete listing of supported products, see the device list.


There are several different firmwares for different hardware. so you have to pick the right one, download, rename to the listed name and put it into the right place... Normally this should be /lib/firmware. However some distributions put firmware in a different place.

card type

required filename  

kernel >= 2.6.28  

kernel <= 2.6.27





USB 1st generation (ISL3886 + net2280)




USB 2nd generation (ISL3887)




Alternatively, firmware can be extracted from windows drivers with a tool called "fwextract3" available from


  • Ad-Hoc, AP, Monitor and Station Mode
  • 802.11 a/b/g
  • WMM/WME/802.11e (QoS)

not working yet

  • hardware en-/decryption
  • MESH
  • DFS
  • NITRO / Frameburst
  • LMAC Terminal
  • Powersave Features
  • Conexant's cx3110x / stlc45xx (shmem/SPI-Interface)
  • FreeMAC Firmware

Enabling p54

To enable p54, you must first enable mac80211:

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

You can then enable p54 in the kernel configuration under

Device Drivers  --->
  [*] Network device support  --->
        Wireless LAN --->
          [*] Wireless LAN (IEEE 802.11)
          <M>   Softmac Prism54 support
          <M>     Prism54 USB support
          <M>     Prism54 PCI support


  • IRC: #prism54 on freenode (#p54u is about a different driver for BSD)

  • no special mailing list, use the linux wireless list for development issues

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