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FM2A88X-ITX+ - wifi linux ?

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July 6, 2014 5:01:28 PM

Does the built in wifi on the Asrock FM2A88x-ITX+ work with linux ?
What wifi chip does it have ?

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a b 5 Linux
July 6, 2014 8:31:55 PM

Appears to use Atheros chipset
http://www.asrock.com/mb/AMD/FM2A88X-ITX+/?cat=Download...

If so it will be supported out of the box on ubuntu 14.04 and most other Linux's

cant find specific chipset version but the windows driver is just a repacked atheros driver.
Quote:
Product=Qualcomm Atheros Client Installation Program
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July 6, 2014 8:59:51 PM

skittle said:
Appears to use Atheros chipset
http://www.asrock.com/mb/AMD/FM2A88X-ITX+/?cat=Download...

If so it will be supported out of the box on ubuntu 14.04 and most other Linux's

cant find specific chipset version but the windows driver is just a repacked atheros driver.
Quote:
Product=Qualcomm Atheros Client Installation Program


Hmm, is that not the ethernet connection ?
The windows driver list for WLAN gives "Wireless Lan driver ver:10.0.0.263"

Anyway I emailed Asrock support, see what they say.

Edit - amazon review says
" I ended up using the WiFi card in the box. Most folks won't need it, but kudos to ASRock for including a proper dual band dual channel Broadcom card (with Bluetooth 4), and an aerial. If you don't need the card, you can always flog it on eBay."

So - Broadcom ?
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a b 5 Linux
July 6, 2014 9:08:33 PM

At the bottom is this
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Wireless Lan driver ver:10.0.0.263

which points to this file (which is repackaged atheros driver)
AzureWave_WLan(v10.0.0.263).zip

open the zip file and look at the drivers. appear to be atheros.
Quote:
athwb.cat athwb.inf athwb.sys athwbx.cat athwbx.inf athwbx.sys

and the .inf file and also says atheros...

btw WLAN is (wireless)LAN
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a b 5 Linux
July 6, 2014 9:17:18 PM

  1. ATHR.DeviceDesc.0013 = "Qualcomm Atheros Wireless Network Adapter"
  2. ATHR.DeviceDesc.001A = "Qualcomm Atheros AR5005G Wireless Network Adapter"
  3. ATHR.DeviceDesc.001B = "Qualcomm Atheros AR5006X Wireless Network Adapter"
  4. ATHR.DeviceDesc.1030 = "Qualcomm Atheros AR5002G Wireless Network Adapter"
  5. ATHR.DeviceDesc.2030 = "Qualcomm Atheros AR5002G Wireless Network Adapter"
  6. ATHR.DeviceDesc.1031 = "Qualcomm Atheros AR5002X Wireless Network Adapter"
  7. ATHR.DeviceDesc.2031 = "Qualcomm Atheros AR5002X Wireless Network Adapter"
  8. ATHR.DeviceDesc.1041 = "Qualcomm Atheros AR5004G Wireless Network Adapter"
  9. ATHR.DeviceDesc.2041 = "Qualcomm Atheros AR5004G Wireless Network Adapter"
  10. ATHR.DeviceDesc.1042 = "Qualcomm Atheros AR5004X Wireless Network Adapter"
  11. .....
  12. ......
  13. ATHR.DeviceDesc.H3118 = "Qualcomm Atheros AR9485 802.11b/g/n WiFi Adapter"
  14. ATHR.DeviceDesc.946x = "Qualcomm Atheros AR946x Wireless Network Adapter"
  15. ATHR.DeviceDesc.H3335 = "Qualcomm Atheros AR9462 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi Adapter"
  16. ATHR.DeviceDesc.956x = "Qualcomm Atheros AR956x Wireless Network Adapter"
  17. ATHR.DeviceDesc.H9565 = "Qualcomm Atheros QCA9565 802.11b/g/n WiFi Adapter"
  18. ATHR.DeviceDesc.E031105B = "Qualcomm Atheros AR5B195 Wireless Network Adapter"
  19. ATHR.DeviceDesc.E068105B = "Qualcomm Atheros AR956x Wireless Network Adapter"
  20. ATHR.DeviceDesc.302617AA = "Qualcomm Atheros AR956x Wireless Network Adapter"
  21. ATHR.DeviceDesc.DWA566 = "D-Link DWA-566 Wireless N 300 Dual Band PCIe Desktop Adapter"
  22. ATHR.DeviceDesc.TEW726 = "TRENDnet N600 Wireless Dual Band PCIe Adapter"


from amazon review, probably just the bluetooth chipset is broadcom. driver file is ~90MB so I dont really care to download to check it out...
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July 6, 2014 9:28:13 PM

skittle said:
At the bottom is this
Quote:
Wireless Lan driver ver:10.0.0.263

which points to this file (which is repackaged atheros driver)
AzureWave_WLan(v10.0.0.263).zip

open the zip file and look at the drivers. appear to be atheros.
Quote:
athwb.cat athwb.inf athwb.sys athwbx.cat athwbx.inf athwbx.sys

and the .inf file and also says atheros...

btw WLAN is (wireless)LAN


OK I just got the driver package and looked inside like you say - it's Qualcomm Atheros. Will linux cover all Atheros chips ?
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a b 5 Linux
July 6, 2014 9:32:14 PM

Almost all Atheros chips have open drivers and firmwares. They will work out of the box on most Linux distrobutions. Use latest distrobutions like fedora 20 or ubuntu 14.04 to be sure...

http://wireless.kernel.org/en/users/Drivers/Atheros
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July 6, 2014 9:45:30 PM

You are The Solver.

Edit: Asrock are the Super Solvers
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July 7, 2014 7:17:01 AM

skittle said:
Almost all Atheros chips have open drivers and firmwares. They will work out of the box on most Linux distrobutions. Use latest distrobutions like fedora 20 or ubuntu 14.04 to be sure...

http://wireless.kernel.org/en/users/Drivers/Atheros


Asrock were very good at getting back to my question, and here is what they said

Quote:
1. The WiFi module is AzureWave AW-NB110H which uses an Atheros AR5B22.

https://wikidevi.com/wiki/Atheros_AR5B22

2. Linux is not in our standard test plan.

Here someone says that WiFi is working under Linux, but not the Bluetooth:

http://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?f=49&t=168059
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a b 5 Linux
July 11, 2014 6:23:58 AM

That Atheros WLAN chipset should serve you well as Atheros chips are among the few new chips with full functionality under Linux. I built my own wireless router based on an Atheros AR9380 3x3 802.11n chipset and it uses the exact same driver as your ARB552 chip. It works very well. All you have to do is install the ath9k driver and the Atheros firmware if they aren't already installed and you will be good to go. My guess is it will all be automatically detected and Just Work (tm).

Intel's chips rare decent but Intel disables "run as your own access point" mode in most all of them. Broadcom is really hit and miss and I'd try to avoid a Broadcom wireless chip if possible. I had a BCM43xx in my laptop and that got the boot as it was very unstable.
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July 11, 2014 11:27:58 AM

MU_Engineer said:
That Atheros WLAN chipset should serve you well as Atheros chips are among the few new chips with full functionality under Linux. I built my own wireless router based on an Atheros AR9380 3x3 802.11n chipset and it uses the exact same driver as your ARB552 chip. It works very well. All you have to do is install the ath9k driver and the Atheros firmware if they aren't already installed and you will be good to go. My guess is it will all be automatically detected and Just Work (tm).

Intel's chips rare decent but Intel disables "run as your own access point" mode in most all of them. Broadcom is really hit and miss and I'd try to avoid a Broadcom wireless chip if possible. I had a BCM43xx in my laptop and that got the boot as it was very unstable.


Nice. Got one I wanted to sell but so tempting to keep it and stick it in a cooler master elite 120
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