TP-Link TL-WN851ND Wireless PCI

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TP-Link TL-WN851ND Wireless PCI
Linux compatibility:
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Updated: 09/12/2015 05:43

Review of Linux Compatibility

The TP-Link TL-WN851ND is a PCI wireless card with 300 MBit (802.11n) transmission rate and bases on the Atheros chipset (Atheros AR9227).

The card has the PCI ID 168c:002d and is supported out-of-the-box since Ubuntu 10.04 (Linux kernel version 2.6.32) without the need of additional configuration:

00:09.0 Network controller [0280]: Atheros Communications Inc. Device [168c:002d] (rev 01)

The kernel module ath9k is used as a driver. This module gets loaded automatically:

ath9k 0000:01:09.0: PCI INT A -> Link[LNKB] -> GSI 19 (level, low) -> IRQ 19
ath: EEPROM regdomain: 0x809c
ath: EEPROM indicates we should expect a country code
ath: doing EEPROM country->regdmn map search
ath: country maps to regdmn code: 0x52
ath: Country alpha2 being used: CN
ath: Regpair used: 0x52
ieee80211 phy0: Selected rate control algorithm 'ath9k_rate_control'
Registered led device: ath9k-phy0
ieee80211 phy0: Atheros AR9287 Rev:2 mem=0xf8320000, irq=19

The PCI WiFi card has the following capabilities:

  *-network
       description: Wireless interface
       product: Atheros Communications Inc.
       vendor: Atheros Communications Inc.
       physical id: 8
       bus info: pci@0000:01:08.0
       logical name: wlan0
       version: 01
       width: 32 bits
       clock: 66MHz
       capabilities: pm bus_master cap_list ethernet physical wireless
       configuration: broadcast=yes driver=ath9k driverversion=2.6.32-36-generic
                      firmware=N/A latency=168 link=no multicast=yes wireless=IEEE
                      802.11bgn

There was a bug in the ath9k kernel driver that resulted in a freeze of the whole system while using the TL-WN851ND. This bug got patched in Linux kernel 3.5-rc6.


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 1 Comment

  • Chris on said:

    Worked out-of-the-box on my Ubuntu 14.04, no driver install required.

    $ uname -a
    Linux GA-B85M 3.13.0-35-generic #62-Ubuntu SMP Fri Aug 15 01:58:42 UTC 2014 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux

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