[Battlemesh] 802.11ac improvements [was: What hardware still works?]

Adam Longwill adam.longwill at metamesh.org
Mon Feb 29 21:43:57 CET 2016

Continuing this discussion,

Does the ath9k chip support AC?

And if it does, do you want to disable AC due to its incompatibility with
ad-hoc mode?

Can anyone clarify the relationship between ath9k chips, AC, and ad-hoc
modes? Is there an ideal chip that uses AC (since manufacturers are now
using those)?


On Thu, Feb 25, 2016 at 2:29 PM, Juliusz Chroboczek <
jch at pps.univ-paris-diderot.fr> wrote:

> >> Above Atheros is mentioned, which kind? what's the difference between
> >> each iteration or family?
> > Atheros is very simple as far as families are concerned: ath5k is
> > 802.11g, ath9k is 802.11n, and ath10k is 802.11ac.  However, while ath5k
> > and 9k are softMACs with good drivers, ath10k is a hardMAC with closed
> > firmware.
> Just to spell things out -- ath9k is the well-supported, hackable,
> flexible chip that we love.  (Thanks in particular to the work of Felix
> Fietkau (nbd).)
> -- Juliusz
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