is there a laptop ?

Sam Leffler sam at
Thu Mar 12 09:15:57 PDT 2009

5418 has worked for several years in HEAD.   At this point the only ath 
chips not working in HEAD are those I haven't had access to (9280 and 
9285) and 9280 support should go in shortly.  About the only thing 
missing for ath is support for 11n (the 802.11 layer has supported 11n 
on other devices for several years and been used in various products).

I can't comment on RELENG_7 support as I don't run it.


John Hendy wrote:
> For Atheros, the exact chipset is still important... my Macbook's Atheros
> AR5008 (aka AR5418) does not work with the FBSD ath driver. i386 works if I
> ndisgen a kernel module from a WinXP driver, but I have not been able to
> ndisgen a module successfully for amd64, which is what I'd like to run. The
> kernel panics every time I load it.
> I'm using FBSD-7.1-amd64, so I can't speak of the capabilities of 8.0, but
> the hardware notes do not seem to have changed re the ath driver (
> Even
> though it only states that AR5005VL chips are unsupported, mine still is not
> picked up and it's definitely an AR5008.
> - John
> On Thu, Mar 12, 2009 at 8:46 AM, Ashish SHUKLA < at> wrote:
>> Saifi Khan writes:
>> [...]
>>> Do Atheros, Ralink, Realtek, Intel PRO/Wireless chipset work
>>> with FreeBSD ?
>> Atheros chipsets work great with FreeBSD 8-CURRENT at least. And the
>> driver is FOSS and blob free. No ideas about other chipsets.
>> --
>> Ashish SHUKLA
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