The operating system is a collection of the basic instructions that tell the electronic parts of the computer what to do and how to work. After many hours researching and reading many web pages, finally, we have Wireless internet connection! BB code is On. Bus Device Ethernet LAN card is worked correctly, but Wireless adapter has become a nightmare. Connection is slow and laggy, it only becomes bearable if I disable power management. Rui F Ribeiro

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The driver runs on the host CPU, the firmware runs on the device.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Really bad, because I need Wi-Fi immediately on this laptop!

Alternately you can download it from here: Even the CPU itself doesn’t have storage for it’s own microcode updates, the tool has to flash it at every boot. A closed-source driver is much more problematic because it cannot be used with any system.

They hope these examples will help you to get a better understanding of the Linux system and that you feel encouraged to try out things on your own. No spamblog submissions – Posts that are identified as either blog-spam, a link aggregator, or an otherwise low-effort website are to be removed. The binary blobs are distributed under the GPL in the kernel, but they’re still binary blobs instead of real source code.


The famous “Big Foot Networks” wireless cards for gaming are also running Atheros chips and are whitelisted in a lot of laptops made by the big laptop manufs. What is free software? Home Questions Tags Users Unanswered. But the firmware lives on the user’s HDD, so it’s still something the distros need to distribute.

No misdirecting links, sites that require a login, or URL shorteners – In short: Please chech usb related issues before sending bug report. Atheros open-sourced AR and AR drivers h-online. Not to do the typical it works fine for me, but I’m going to I guess.

For a lot of stuff. Firt thing, the driver ath9k is not loaded automaticly, but I load it manually, as I have said before “modprobe ath9k”, but the interface is not showed with “iwconfig”, when I run “ifconfig -a”, it shows me: The driver is part of wireless-testing.

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How do I install Atheros AR wifi drivers on Debian? – Unix & Linux Stack Exchange

I had on may laptop Linux Mint 17 distribution. In my experience, unfortunately most wifi drivers have various issues. Using athwros one VIF Virtual Interface running in AP mode would be a good idea for now, multiple interface support has not been tested extensively. To make sure type the following command and send back here the output: See this guide to use the wireless-testing tree directly.

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Atheros open-sourced AR and AR drivers : linux

If you have integrated wireless adapter, run in Linux terminal command: I can see it for gfx cards, though I don’t agree with the practice, but it seems to me there’s linuxx things to lose by keeping common hardware closed. PowerSave is not properly supported yet. Not always some devices store a persistent copy of the firmware rather than have the driver load it on power-upbut true in this case.

You can download this tool from Debian web page: