D-Link DWA-556 and hostap

Emiel van de Laar emiel at vandelaar.name
Tue Jul 13 18:47:53 UTC 2010

On Jul 13, 2010, at 5:03 AM, Nathan Lay wrote:

> Hi list,
> I read that the D-Link DWA-556 uses the AR5008 chipset.  Anyone using it?  Does it work well for hostap (at least for 11g)?  I'm a bit unsure because I've read that AR5008 has hardware bugs.  However, I am a fan of ath(4) ... it has served me well in the past.  However, I'm considering building a Mini ITX system that has only one PCI-E x4 slot.  My choices seem to be DWA-556 (AR5008) and Asus PCE-N13 (RT2860), both of which are PCI-E x1 cards.
> How about Marvell-based wireless cards (mwl(4))?  I haven't been able to find any card with a Marvell chipset in it!

I got a D-Link DWA-556 a couple of days ago. Works fine for me in 11g mode. Have not tried hostap.

ath0: <Atheros 5416> mem 0xfd9f0000-0xfd9fffff irq 19 at device 0.0 on pci4
ath0: [ITHREAD]
ath0: AR5418 mac 12.10 RF2133 phy 8.1

I'm running 8.1-RC2 now.

Hoping for 11n driver support soon. ;)


 - Emiel van de Laar

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