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Introduction

'ath6kl' is the FullMAC wireless driver for Atheros AR600x family of chips, for example AR6003, AR6004 and AR6005.

Features

  • Station (client) mode
  • IBSS (Ad-Hoc) mode
  • AP mode (requires wpasupplicant/hostapd 1.0 or newer)
  • 802.11abg
  • 802.11n
    • HT20
    • HT40
    • AMPDU
    • Short GI (40 MHz only)
  • 802.11i
    • WEP 64 / 127
    • WPA1 / WPA2
  • 802.11d
  • 802.11h
  • WMM
  • RFKILL
  • BT co-existence

Supported chipsets

Status

This driver is upstream as part of the Linux 2.6.37 release under the staging area. From Linux 3.2 onwards it was promoted from staging to a proper wireless driver.

It is also available for older kernels through the stable compat-wireless releases.

Hacking on ath6kl

ath6kl is now part of wireless kernel trees. All the development happens in github github's ath6kl project. To clone the tree:

git clone git://github.com/kvalo/ath.git

The driver is located in drivers/net/wireless/ath/ath6kl. To compile the driver enable CONFIG_ATH6KL which is found under Device Drivers/Network device support/Wireless LAN/Atheros Wireless Cards/Atheros ath6kl support. Also enable CONFIG_ATH6KL_DEBUG to include all debugging code.

Send any patches to Kalle Valo <kvalo@qca.qualcomm.com>, CC linux-wireless and <ath6kl-devel@qualcomm.com>. To learn more about git you can refer to our Git guide. It even documents how to send patches with git format-patch.

Support

For technical support send email to <linux-wireless@vger.kernel.org> and CC <ath6kl-devel@qualcomm.com>. Due to lack of time the ath6kl developers are not able to give private support, so please send all questions to the mailing lists.

IRC

We have an IRC channel with some of the ath6kl people.

IRC server: irc.freenode.net
IRC channel: #ath6kl

Please take into account the different timezones and schedules, it might take a long time to get an answer.

Note: Windows boxen by default seem to block IRC ports so go find yourself a Linux box ;)

Firmware

Get the firmware from linux-firmware.git.

Devices

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Statistics on contributions

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Other stuff


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