-   Linux - Networking (
-   -   Ath9k compatible 2,4GHz and 5GHz network card (

qorg11 08-13-2019 04:00 PM

Ath9k compatible 2,4GHz and 5GHz network card
Hi, i have a ThinkPad T400 (It's corebooted, so no problem with whitelist) And i'm looking for a Ath9k driver compatible network card, It have to be compatible with aircrack-ng (No, i don't crack neighbor's routers) and can connect to 2,4GHz and 5GHz routers.
I've looked in wikidevi but i'm not sure which card buy.

business_kid 08-14-2019 06:34 AM

Atheros wifi chips use the Ath9k, and not the latest ones either (there is also ath10k) Here's mine:

bash-5.0$ sudo lspci -v |grep -A30 02:00.0
02:00.0 Network controller: Qualcomm Atheros AR9485 Wireless Network Adapter (rev 01)
        Subsystem: Samsung Electronics Co Ltd AR9485 Wireless Network Adapter
        Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 17
        Memory at c0000000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=512K]
        Expansion ROM at c0080000 [disabled] [size=64K]
        Capabilities: [40] Power Management version 2
        Capabilities: [50] MSI: Enable- Count=1/4 Maskable+ 64bit+
        Capabilities: [70] Express Endpoint, MSI 00
        Capabilities: [100] Advanced Error Reporting
        Capabilities: [140] Virtual Channel
        Capabilities: [160] Device Serial Number 00-00-00-00-00-00-00-00
        Kernel driver in use: ath9k
        Kernel modules: ath9k

That's vintage 2012. You might do better looking at used nics. I've a laptop here, btw. Make menuconfig in the kernel has some good info on what chips are covered by this module. BTW, I don't think this card handles the 5 Ghz wifi range.

Timothy Miller 08-14-2019 09:54 AM

All the AC cards will use Ath10K, not Ath9K. You'd have to get an older, N & older-only card to find one that worked with Ath9K, but it's not so old that it should be impossible. Of course, we also would need to know if your laptop requires a mini pci-express, micro pci-express, or the NGFF pci-express form factor. It'll definitely be easier to find one in the mini or micro pci-express that does Ath9K than in NGFF.

m86 08-14-2019 12:17 PM

FWIR, the T400 used the full-size 5300 / 5100 Mini Card (circa ~2008-2009?) - I do not believe it used a half-size card (HMC). Provided that assumption is correct and you have three WLAN antennas, you'd probably want to go with an XB112 (AR5BXB112). It's a 3-stream module and (IMO) the best you're going to get using ath9k. However, the following would probably work fine.
  • XB112 / AR5BXB112, (Full-size) - AR9380 (dual-band, 3x3) full-size reference design
  • HB112 / AR5BHB112, aka Killer 1103, (HMC) - AR9380 (dual-band, 3x3) size-reduced reference design
  • XB92 / AR5BXB92, (Full-size) / HB92 / AR5BHB92, (HMC) - AR9280 (dual-band, 2x2) reference design
  • Ubiquiti sold an XB92 module - the SR71-E - but I'm not sure what really distinguishes it from any other XB92-based card. It was marketed as having higher TX power.
  • HB116 / AR5BHB116, aka Killer 1102, (HMC) - AR9382 (dual-band, 2x2) reference design
  • WB222 / AR5B22, (HMC) - AR9462 (dual-band, 2x2, w/ Bluetooth) reference design

business_kid 08-15-2019 05:17 AM

Welcome to LQ, m86, and great that your 1st post isn't explaining that you've blown yourself up!

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:10 PM.