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Wireless adapters/Chipset table

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Category:Linux driver/802dot11 may be a bit more useful.

Wireless adapter (802.11b and later) chipsets and native Linux support
Manufacturer Chipset Driver PHY Modes Encrypt. Station Ad-hoc AP Mesh Monitor Inj. Bus Notes
ADMtek ADM8211, ADM8211B adm8211 b WEP ? ? ? ? ? ? PCI/CB currently broken AFAIK
adm8211
Agere HERMES II (WL60010) wlags49_h2 b ? y ? n n n n PCI/ PCMCIA staging (vendor) driver
wlags49_h2
Agere HERMES II.5 (WL60040) wlags49_h25 (a)/b/g ? y ? n n n n PCI/ PCMCIA staging (vendor) driver, not all devices supported
wlags49_h25
Airgo AGN100/AGN300 pre-N agnx (a)b/g n n n n n n PCI/CB driver never completed, abandoned
agnx
Airgo AGN300 pre-N USB none b/g USB 2.0 devices not common
Aironet /
Cisco
4500, 4800,
Cisco 340/350
airo b WEP, WPA-TKIP y ? ? n y n ISA/PCI /PCMCIA airo
ALi M4301A none b PCI/CB devices not common (mainly WUSB11 v4)
AMD Alchemy AM1772 none b PCI/CB see this abomination
Atheros
Atheros AR5000 ath5k a b b b b y b PCI/CB tx support currently broken
ath5k
Atheros AR5001A-AR5007EG ath5k (a)/b/(g) WEP, WPA, WPA2 y y y y y y PCI/PCIe /CB ath5k
Atheros AR5000-AR5007EG madwifi (a)/b/(g) WEP, WPA, WPA2 y y y ? y  ? PCI/PCIe /CB superseded by ath5k
Atheros AR5513
(Data Falcon)
none (a)/b/g PCI/CB somewhat relevant
Atheros AR5005U (AR5523) ar5523 (a)/b/g WEP, WPA, WPA2 n n n n y n USB 2.0 driver never completed, 5GHz mode non-functional?
ar5523
Atheros AR5005U (AR5523) athusbwlan (a)/b/g WEP, WPA, WPA2 y ? n n n n USB 2.0 obsolete vendor driver
Atheros AR9001U
(AR9170)
carl9170 (a)/b/g/n WEP, WPA, WPA2 y y y n y y USB 2.0 carl9170
Atheros AR600x ar6k (a)/b/g WEP, WPA, WPA2 y  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? SDIO
Atheros AR6003 ath6kl a/b/g/n WEP, WPA, WPA2 y y n n n ? SDIO driver currently in staging
0271:0402
ath6kl
Atheros AR9374 ath6kl (a)/b/g/n USB 2.0 0cf3:9375
ath6kl
Atheros AR2427+AR5008
+AR900x
ath9k (a)/b/g/(n) WEP, WPA, WPA2 y y y y y y PCI/PCIe /CB fcs check broken in monitor mode since ~2.6.33
ath9k
Atheros AR9002U
(AR9271, AR7010)
ath9k_htc (a)/b/g/n WEP, WPA, WPA2 y y y y y y USB 2.0 0411:0197
ath9k_htc
Qualcomm Atheros QCA6164, QCA6174,
QCA9880 v2, QCA9882 v2
QCA9890 v2, QCA9892 v2
ath10k a/b/g/n (+ac) WEP, WPA, WPA2 y y y n y y PCIe +3.11 (4.3)
168c:003e
168c:0041

ath10k
Qualcomm Atheros Wilocity Wil6210
802.11ad 60GHz
wil6210 a/b/g/n (+ac+ad) PCIe wil6210
Qualcomm WFB400 none (a)/b/g/n PCI/ PCIe/ CB/ USB 2.0 unknown if released,
Airgo AGN400
Atmel
Atmel AT76C502A atmel b WEP y ? n n ? n PCMCIA atmel cs
Atmel AT76C503A, AT76C505(A) at76c50x-usb b WEP y n n n beacons n USB 1.0 at76c50x-usb
Broadcom
Broadcom BCM4301, BCM4307, BCM4306r2 b43legacy b/(g) WEP, WPA, WPA2 y y y y y y PCI/CB/ PCMCIA ssb
b43legacy
Broadcom BCM4306r3, BCM4311, BCM4312, BCM4309, BCM4318(E), BCM4321, BCM4322 b43 (a)/b/g/(n) WEP, WPA, WPA2 y y y y y y PCI/PCIe /CB ssb, no HT mode support
b43
Broadcom BCM43224, BCM43225, BCM4331 b43 (a)/b/g/n WEP, WPA, WPA2 y y y y y y PCIe bcma, no HT mode support, no current 5GHz support
b43
Broadcom BCM4311, BCM4313, BCM4321, BCM4322, BCM4322x, BCM43225, BCM43227, BCM43228 wl (a)/b/g/(n) WEP, WPA, WPA2 y y n n n n PCIe vendor driver
wl
Broadcom BCM4320 and other
rndis variants
rndis_wlan b/g y y n n n n USB 2.0 rndis wlan
Broadcom BCM4323x none (a)/b/g/n USB 2.0 possible future support w/ brcmfmac? (probably not)
Broadcom BCM43235, BCM43236, BCM43238
(chip revision dependent)
brcmfmac (a)/b/g/n y  ?  ?  ?  ? n n USB 2.0 patch adding support recently added
brcmfmac
Broadcom BCM4326U none b/g USB 2.0
Broadcom BCM4329 brcmfmac a/b/g/n WEP, WPA, WPA2 y  ?  ?  ? n n SDIO brcmfmac
Broadcom BCM43224, BCM43225 brcmsmac (a)/b/g/n WEP, WPA, WPA2 y  ?  ?  ? y  ? PCIe BCMA
brcmsmac
Conexant
Conexant CX53111 none b/g SDIO
Conexant CX53822 none (a)/b/g CF
Envara WiND502/512 none (a)/b/g USB 2.0 WiND512 (b/g) devices common
Inprocomm IPN2120, IPN2220 none b/(g) ? PCI/CB
Inprocomm IPN2128 none b ? SDIO
Intel
Intel PRO/Wireless 2100B ipw2100 b ? y y n n y ? PCI ipw2100
Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG, 2915ABG ipw2200 (a)/b/g WEP, WPA, WPA2 y y oot n ? ? PCI ipw2200
Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG iwl3945 a/b/g WEP, WPA, WPA2 y y n n y y PCI iwl3945
Intel Wireless WiFi Link 4965AGN iwl4965 a/b/g/n WEP, WPA, WPA2 y y n n y y PCI iwl4965
Intel WiFi Link 5100, 5150, 5300, 5350 - Centrino 100, 130, 1000, 1030, 6150, 6200, 6250, 6300 iwlagn (a)/b/g/n WEP, WPA, WPA2 y y n n y y PCI iwlagn
iwlwifi
Intel IWMC3200 (Evans Peak) iwmc3200 a/b/g WEP, WPA, WPA2 y y n n n n SDIO iwmc3200
Intersil
Intersil PRISM 2/2.5/3
PCI/CF/PCMCIA
hostap b ? y ? y n y y PCI/CB /USB hostap
Intersil PRISM 2.5/3 USB prism2_usb b WEP y ? n n y b PCI/CB /USB staging driver from linux-wlan-ng
prism2 usb
Intersil ISL3877, ISL3880,
ISL3890, ISL3886
p54pci (a)/b/g WEP, WPA, WPA2 y y y y y y PCI/CB p54pci
Intersil ISL3880/ISL3886
+ NET2280, ISL3887
p54usb (a)/b/g WEP, WPA, WPA2 y y y y y y USB 2.0 p54usb
Lucent HERMES I (WaveLAN
/IEEE/ORiNOCO)
orinoco b WEP, WPA-TKIP y y n n y oot PCI/ PCMCIA/ USB 1.0 no Bronze support
orinoco
orinoco usb
Marvell
Marvell
(Libertas)
88W8310 none b/g PCI/CB
Marvell
(Libertas)
88W8335 mrv8k b/g PCI/CB mrv8k
Marvell
(Libertas)
88W8338 none b/g USB 2.0
Marvell
(Libertas)
88W8385,
88W8388, 88W8686
libertas b/g ? y y n n n n USB/CF /SDIO libertas
Marvell
(Libertas)
88W8388 libertas_tf b/g ? y n y ? ? ? USB/CF /SDIO OLPC XO-1,
supports mesh
Marvell
(TopDog)
88W8360, 88W8361,
88W8362 (USB),
88W8362E, 88W8363
none (a)/b/g/n PCI/PCIe/ CB/USB2.0
Marvell
(TopDog/
Avastar*)
88W8366, 88W8863,
88W8687, 88W8764*
mwl8k (a)/b/g/n ? y ? y ? y ? PCIe mwl8k
Marvell
(Avastar)
88W8797 (88W8786U) mwifiex a/b/g/n  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? USB 1286:2049
mwifiex
Marvell
(Avastar)
88W8786, 88W8787,
88W8797, 88W8897*
mwifiex a/b/g/n (+ac)*  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? SDIO 02df:9139
mwifiex
Marvell
(Avastar)
88W8766, 88W8897* mwifiex a/b/g/n (+ac)*  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? PCIe 11ab:2b38
mwifiex
Marvell
(Avastar) AC*
88W8864*, 88W8897* mwlwifi a/b/g/n (+ac)*  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? PCIe iwlwifi
WRT1900
iwlwifi
Marvell unknown mrvl_cb82
MediaTek
MediaTek MT5911N none b/g SDIO
MediaTek MT7601U mt7601u a/b/g/n USB vendor driver
MediaTek MT7610U mt7601u a/b/g/n (+ac)* USB vendor driver
Metalink MtW817x none a/(b)/(g)/n PCI
No Wires Needed Swallow swallow_cs b WEP y ? n n n n PCMCIA obsolete out of kernel driver
No Wires Needed Poldhu poldhu b WEP y y n n n n PCMCIA obsolete out of kernel driver
poldhu cs
Ralink
Ralink RT2460 rt2400pci b ? y y y n y y PCI/CB
Ralink RT2560 rt2500pci (a)/b/g WEP, WPA, WPA2 y y y n y y PCI/CB
Ralink RT2561, RT2561S, RT2661 rt61pci (a)/b/g WEP, WPA, WPA2 y y y n y y PCI/CB
Ralink RT2571, RT2572 rt2500usb (a)/b/g WEP, WPA, WPA2 y y y n y y USB 2.0
Ralink RT2571W, RT2573, RT2671 rt73usb (a)/b/g WEP, WPA, WPA2 y y y n y y USB 2.0
Ralink RT2760, RT2790, RT2860, RT2880, RT2890, RT3052, RT3090, RT3091, RT3092, RT3390, RT3060, RT3062, RT3562, RT3592, RT5390, RT3290 rt2800pci (a)/b/g/n WEP, WPA, WPA2 y ? y ? y y PCI/PCIe /CB Wiki
Ralink RT2760, RT2790, RT2860, RT2880, RT2890, RT3052, RT309x rt2860sta (a)/b/g/n WEP, WPA, WPA2 y ? y ? y n PCI/PCIe /CB vendor driver
Ralink RT2770, RT2870, RT2070, RT3070, RT3071, RT3072, RT3370, RT3572, RT5370, RT5572, RT8070 rt2800usb (a)b/g/(n) WEP, WPA, WPA2 y y y n y y USB 2.0 Wiki
Ralink RT2770, RT2870, RT2070, RT307x rt2870sta (a)/b/g/(n) WEP, WPA, WPA2 y ? ? n n n USB 2.0 vendor driver
Ralink RT3572 rt3572sta a/b/g/n WEP, WPA, WPA2 y ? ? ? n n USB 2.0
Ralink RT3573 none a/b/g/n USB 2.0 three stream
Realtek
Realtek RTL8180L, RTL8185L,
RTL8187SE (3.15+)
rtl8180 b/(g) WEP, WPA, WPA2 y n n n y ? PCI/CB
Realtek RTL8187L, RTL8187B rtl8187 b/g WEP, WPA, WPA2 y n n n y y USB 2.0
Realtek RTL8187SE rtl8187se b/g WEP, WPA, WPA2 y ? ? ? ? ? PCI
Realtek RTL8190 r8190_pci b/g/n ? ? ? ? ? ? ? PCI
/ CB
vendor driver
Realtek RTL8192E r8192e_pci (a)/b/g/n WEP, WPA, WPA2 y ? ? ? ? ? PCIe staging (vendor) driver
Realtek RTL8191SE, RTL8192SE rtl8192se b/g/n WEP, WPA, WPA2 y ? ? ? ? ? PCIe
Realtek RTL8192U r8192u_usb b/g/n WEP, WPA, WPA2 y ? ? ? ? ? USB 2.0 staging (vendor) driver
Realtek RTL8188SU, RTL8191SU, RTL8192SU r8712u b/g/n WEP, WPA, WPA2 y ? ? ? ? n USB 2.0 staging (vendor) driver
Realtek RTL8188SU, RTL8191SU, RTL8192SU r8192s_usb b/g/n WEP, WPA, WPA2 y ? ? ? y ? USB 2.0 staging (vendor) driver, superseded by r8712u
Realtek RTL8188CE, RTL8192CE rtl8192ce b/g/n WEP, WPA, WPA2 y ? ? ? ? n PCIe
Realtek RTL8188CUS, RTL8192CU, RTL8188RU rtl8192cu b/g/n WEP, WPA, WPA2 y y ? ? y n USB 2.0
Realtek RTL8192DU rtl8192du a/b/g/n WEP, WPA, WPA2 y  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? USB 2.0 driver available here, may panic on init on some kernels
Realtek RTL8192DE rtl8192de a/b/g/n WEP, WPA, WPA2 y ? ? ? ? n PCIe
Renesas
Renesas KS7010 ks7010 b ? ? ? ? ? ? ? SDIO from Javi Roman
ShareWave / Cirrus Logic Bodega none b PCI/ PCMCIA/ USB 1.0 rare devices, support the proprietary Whitecap protocol
SiS 160 sis160 b ? y ? n n n n PCI rare devices, driver is a useless binary blob
SiS 162, 162U sis162 b ? y y n n n n PCI/ USB 2.0 driver is a useless binary blob
SiS 163, 163U none b/g PCI/CF/ USB 2.0
ST-Ericsson CW1100, CW1200 cw1200 b/g SDIO
/ PCI
(since 3.11)
ST-NXP STLC4560 p54spi b/g WEP, WPA, WPA2 y y y y y y SPI
Symbol Spectrum24 DS orinoco b WEP y ? n n y n PCI/ PCMCIA orinoco
Syntek/3DSP unknown
(Bluew-2310x)
none b/g ? PCI compiled modules available
Syntek/3DSP STK9100+STK9230
(Bluew-2310u)
3dspusbwlan b/g ? USB 2.0 partial source?
Texas Instruments
Texas Instruments ACX100 (TNETW1100), ACX101 (TNETW1100B), ACX111 (TNETW1130), TNETW1450 acx1xx b/(g) WEP, WPA, WPA2 y ? n n y ? PCI/CB /USB acx100
acx
Texas Instruments WL1251 wl1251 b/g WEP, WPA, WPA2 y y n ? y ? SPI/ SDIO
Texas Instruments WL1271 wl1271 (a)/b/g/n WEP, WPA, WPA2 y y y n n n SPI/ SDIO
VIA VT6551 none b  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? PCI
VIA VT6555 vt6655 (a)/b/g ? y  ?  ?  ?  ? n PCI staging (vendor) driver
vt6656
VIA VT6556 vt6656 (a)/b/g ? y  ?  ?  ?  ? n PCI staging (vendor) driver
vt6656
WavePlus WP1200 none b PCI/ PCMCIA devices not common
Winbond W89C33D none b/g PCI devices not common
Winbond W89C35D winbond b/g ? y ? n n n n USB 2.0 staging (vendor) driver only supports 'b'
w35und
ZyDAS
ZyDAS ZD1201 zd1201 b WEP y  ?  ?  ? y ? USB 1.0 zd1201
ZyDAS ZD1201 zdsta b WEP y  ?  ?  ?  ? n USB 1.0 obsolete vendor driver
ZyDAS ZD1201 zdsta b WEP y  ?  ?  ?  ? n PCMCIA obsolete vendor driver, devices not common
ZyDAS ZD1202 zdsta b WEP n PCI/CB/ PCMCIA obsolete vendor driver, devices not common
ZyDAS ZD1211/ZD1211B zd1211rw (a)/b/g WEP, WPA, WPA2 y y y y y y USB 1.0 5GHz band not supported, no hw crypto
zd1211rw
ZyDAS ZD1212/ZD1212B zd1212 (a)/b/g WEP, WPA, WPA2 y y y n PCI/CB obsolete vendor driver, devices not common
Wireless adapter chipsets (pre-802.11b) and native Linux support
Manufacturer Chipset Driver PHY Modes Station Ad-hoc AP Monitor Bus Notes
Aironet ARLAN arlan pre-b (900MHz or 2.4GHz) ? ? ? ? ISA driver abandoned
Lucent WaveLAN wavelan pre-b (900MHz or 2.4GHz) ? ? ? ? PCMCIA/ISA driver abandoned
Raytheon Raylink ray_cs 2.4GHz FHSS ? ? ? ? PCMCIA USB variants not supported
ShareWave chipset before
Bodega (Epic?)
none Whitecap PCI/PCMCIA uncommon devices
Symbol Spectrum24 FHSS none 2.4GHz FHSS PCMCIA
Xircom Netwave netwave_cs pre-b, 1Mb ? ? ? ? PCMCIA driver abandoned
AMD Am79C930
(presumably)
wl3501_cs 2Mb, pre-802.11b ? ? ? ? PCMCIA PRISM I based RF
Editors Note: this current table is somewhat terrible.
See also: Linux Wireless's Driver Table and
Comparison_of_open_source_wireless_drivers on Wikipedia
and List of Wi-Fi Chipset Vendors