AVM FRITZ!WLAN USB Stick N (300 Mbit/s, WPA2)

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AVM FRITZ!WLAN USB Stick N (300 Mbit/s, WPA2)
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Updated: 30/06/2016 23:04

Review of Linux Compatibility

The AVM Fritz!Wlan USB Stick for 802.11n networks exists in at least four different version, which base on different chipsets. The Linux compatibility of the stick depends on the version of the stick, which is used.

FRITZ!WLAN USB Stick N – 057c:8401

This version of the Fritz!Wlan USB has the USB-ID 057c:8401

Bus 001 Device 003: ID 057c:8401 AVM GmbH Fritz!WLAN N [Atheros AR9001U]

and bases on the Atheros AR9001U chipsatz. The stick is recognized automatically be the Linux kernel. The kernel uses the module carl9170 as driver for the stick. This driver needs a firmware file installed. Otherwise, the loading of carl9170 module will fail with the following error message:

usb 1-1.2: USB disconnect, device number 4
usb 1-1.2: new high-speed USB device number 6 using dwc_otg
usb 1-1.2: New USB device found, idVendor=057c, idProduct=8401
usb 1-1.2: New USB device strings: Mfr=16, Product=32, SerialNumber=48
usb 1-1.2: Product: FRITZ!WLAN USB Stick N
usb 1-1.2: Manufacturer: AVM Berlin
usb 1-1.2: SerialNumber: 1234567890
usb 1-1.2: reset high-speed USB device number 6 using dwc_otg
usbcore: registered new interface driver carl9170
usb 1-1.2: firmware not found.

The firmware file carl9170-1.fw has to be located in the directory

/lib/firmware/

and can be installed under Ubuntu by the firmware-linux-free package:

sudo apt-get install firmware-linux-free

FRITZ!WLAN USB Stick N 2.4 – 057c:8402

The successor model is the Fritz!WLAN USB Stick, which has the USB ID 057c:8402

Bus 002 Device 005: ID 057c:8402 AVM GmbH AVM Fritz!WLAN N

This stick also is automatically supported under Linux by the carl9170 kernel module. Therefore, the same version as for the 057c:8401 version is necessary (see above).

The FRITZ!WLAN USB Stick also comes with a mass storage device included, which contains the drivers of the stick. This storage device identifies itself under the USB ID 057c:84ff and under some Linux distributions (e.g. Ubuntu) is automatically mounted if the stick is plugged in:

usb 3-9: new high-speed USB device number 11 using xhci_hcd
usb 3-9: New USB device found, idVendor=057c, idProduct=84ff
usb 3-9: New USB device strings: Mfr=16, Product=32, SerialNumber=48
usb 3-9: Product: FRITZ!WLAN USB Stick N 2.4
usb 3-9: Manufacturer: AVM Berlin
usb 3-9: SerialNumber: 001xxxxxxxx
usb-storage 3-9:1.0: USB Mass Storage device detected
scsi8 : usb-storage 3-9:1.0
scsi 8:0:0:0: CD-ROM            FRITZ!   WLAN selfinstall 1.00 PQ: 0 ANSI: 0 CCS
sr1: scsi3-mmc drive: 52x/52x cd/rw xa/form2 cdda tray
sr 8:0:0:0: Attached scsi CD-ROM sr1
sr 8:0:0:0: Attached scsi generic sg5 type 5

FRITZ!WLAN USB Stick N v2-A – 057C:8403

The version with the USB ID 057C:8403

Bus 002 Device 005: ID 057c:8403 AVM FRITZ!WLAN N2.4

bases on the Atheros-HTC chipset. Therefore, the kernel module ath9k_htc has to be used. Additionally, the firmware file htc_9271.fw in at least the version 1.3 or later is needed. This firmware file can be downloaded from kernel.org or can be installed under Ubuntu by

sudo apt-get install firmware-linux-free

FRITZ!WLAN USB Stick N v2-B – 057c:8501

The version v2-B of the Fritz!Wlan USB Sticks has the USB ID 057c:8501

Bus 001 Device 005: ID 057c:8501 AVM GmbH

and uses the Ralink rt5572 chipsatz. This version of the WiFi stick is not automatically supported under Linux. However, there is a driver rt5572sta from Ralink, but this driver has to be compiled and installed manually:

sudo apt-get install build-essential linux-headers-$(uname -r)
wget media.cdn.ubuntu-de.org/forum/attachments/27/08/5364732-DPO_RT5572_LinuxSTA_2.6.1.3_20121022_prepared.tar.gz
tar xvf 5364732-DPO_RT5572_LinuxSTA_2.6.1.3_20121022_prepared.tar.gz
cd DPO_RT5572_LinuxSTA_2.6.1.3_20121022_prepared
make
sudo make install
sudo depmod -a
sudo update-initramfs -u

Furthermore, a firmware file is needed:

sudo cp ~/DPO_RT5572_LinuxSTA_2.6.1.3_20121022_prepared/common/*.bin /lib/firmware

before the driver can be loaded with modprobe:

sudo modprobe -v rt5572sta

The stick can be used in two different modes, as storage device and as WiFi stick. It might be necessary to switch the stick from storage device mode to WiFi mode in order to use it. This can be achieved by usb_modeswitch:

sudo usb_modeswitch -v 057c -p 8501 -M '5553424312345678000000000000061b000000ff0000000000000000000000'

Identified Hardware Configurations (3 Results)

This hardware component was used by Linux users under the following system configurations. These results were collected by our LHG Scan Tool:
Distribution
Kernel
Rating
Scan Date
Ubuntu 16.04 LTS 4.4.0-28-generic The user provided the following rating for this hardware: 2 out of 5The user provided the following rating for this hardware: 2 out of 5The user provided the following rating for this hardware: 2 out of 5The user provided the following rating for this hardware: 2 out of 5The user provided the following rating for this hardware: 2 out of 5 29/06/2016
Ubuntu 14.10 3.16.0-34-generic The user provided the following rating for this hardware: 2 out of 5The user provided the following rating for this hardware: 2 out of 5The user provided the following rating for this hardware: 2 out of 5The user provided the following rating for this hardware: 2 out of 5The user provided the following rating for this hardware: 2 out of 5 03/04/2015
Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS 3.13.0-40-generic The user provided the following rating for this hardware: 2 out of 5The user provided the following rating for this hardware: 2 out of 5The user provided the following rating for this hardware: 2 out of 5The user provided the following rating for this hardware: 2 out of 5The user provided the following rating for this hardware: 2 out of 5 07/12/2014

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 1 Comment

  • Frank Schindler on said:

    After a time connecting demolitions. Therefore, not partly suitable, as a problem from the Kernelmodul agreed.

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