The Prism54.org domain redirects here. The old website and drivers are archived at http://lekernel.net/prism54/.
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.
- ISL3877, ISL3880, ISL3890 and ISL3886 (miniPCI)
ISL3886 + net2280 (USB, 1st generation with net2280 usb<->pci bridge)
- ISL3887 (USB, 2nd generation, native USB interface)
( STMicroelectronics' STLC4560 (SPI) - available in wireless-testing )
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.
please pick the right one for your device from the lists:
for 2.6.29 kernels and above:
for 2.6.28 kernels and older:
older than 2.6.28
specially for 2.6.28
miniPCI / PCMCIA
USB 1st generation (ISL3886 + net2280)
USB 2nd generation (ISL3887)
Note: These firmwares are kept for backward compatibility reasons only!
Alternatively, firmware can be extracted from windows drivers with a tool called "fwextract3" available from http://lekernel.net/prism54/misc.html.
- Ad-Hoc, AP, Mesh, Monitor and Station Mode
- WMM/WME/802.11e (QoS)
- TPC and ERP
- Cryptographic accelerator for WEP, TKIP and CCMP
- Packet Injection in Monitor Mode
- power save management in station mode
- Supported band table (by radio chip):
not working yet
- regulatory domain codes
- LED class driver
- Firmware scanning
- DFS / Radar Detection
- NITRO (Burst, Compression, Aggregation)
- LowerMAC Terminal
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