Which Atheros AR5B95?

Paul van der Vlis paul at vandervlis.nl
Thu Apr 16 21:58:36 UTC 2015

Op 16-04-15 om 21:21 schreef Nico Rikken:
> To add to the discussion:
> the upgraded (with freedom) X200 by GluGlu uses the AR5B95, AR9285
> wireless chipset and received the 'respects your freedom' certification:
> http://shop.gluglug.org.uk/product/libreboot-x200/

I know. I first thought this card uses the open source ath9k firmware
[1]. Then I thought it uses build-in closed source firmware, what makes
the laptop FSF-free, but I prefer a really open source wifi firmware.

Now I am confused. At the github site I see that the AR9280 and AR9287
are supported! So maybe the other cards of the AR928x family too.

> I have personal experience with the USB-dongle as I bought it from
> TechnoEthic (Tiberiu C. Turbureanu) at T-Dose last year. Eventually I
> came to the conclusion that my mobile habits required a more powerful
> dongle as my connection was sloppy if I was far removed from the wifi
> router. My built-in wifi-card had further reach, so I returned to that,
> even though it lacks the FSF-approval.
> https://tehnoetic.com/tehnoetic-wireless-adapter-gnu-linux-libre-tet-n150

I've ordered it from Romania and did tests with it. I had problems with
playing HTML5 video. Sometimes there was no sound, sometimes there was
no video. No problems when using flash, but I don't like flash. I also
saw some other problems, SSH was not really good responsive. I wrote
with somebody who said the stick has "high latencies", but I did not
test that myself. The problems where both with the open source firmware
and with the closed source firmware.

You say "my built-in wifi-card had further reach". You can replace such
a build-in wifi card [2]. That's what I am trying to do, but I have to
find a good replacement. For that reason I started this discussion.

With regards,
Paul van der Vlis.

[1] https://github.com/qca/open-ath9k-htc-firmware
[2] look at 1:40: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-85SSvVxhWw

Paul van der Vlis Linux systeembeheer, Groningen

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