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Re: Atheros chipset support

On Mon, Feb 07, 2005 at 09:07:36PM +0100, Johan Torin wrote:
> On Monday 07 February 2005 09:21, Jonathan Gray wrote:
> > On Sun, Feb 06, 2005 at 06:51:18PM -0600, J Moore wrote:
> > > I've seen postings suggesting that atheros support is available only in
> > > -current, but I didn't see any of the chipsets listed above as being
> > > supported. Bottom line: is this miniPCI card supported, which release,
> > > and if "none" any guesses as to when (if ever)?
> >
> > There is some atheros support in -current but only for the older chipsets,
> > a/b/g ones are not yet supported but may be in the hopefully not too
> > distant future.
> Well, since I also is hunting for a good, fast, wireless NIC (for PCI),
> I'm interested in this subject too.
> http://www.openbsd.org/i386.html doesn't mention ath anywhere, blue
> asterix (*) or not. Not fully implemented? I don't think it would
> would had been merged into the tree in that case... I would think
> that a major development like that should be better advertised?
> At the same time, the man-page [1] in -current for ath doesn't mention
> anywhere that the support is experimental or anything overly negative.
> However (and this is my point for replying to Jonathan), it does state:
>   AR5212-based devices support 802.11a, 802.11b, and 802.11g
>   operation with transmit speeds appropriate to each.
> and the man-page also lists 17 cards capable of a/b/g operation, which
> of four is PCI cards (and I'm looking at buying a Netgear WAG311).
> I would very much like an clarification in this matter since
> something/someone is in error. If it's me... I apologise.

The man page comes from NetBSD they use a closed source binary blob
from atheros we do not.  The free HAL does not yet support these
newer devices.