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TP-Link TL-WN951N (WiFi, PCI, 300 MBit)

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TP-Link TL-WN951N (WiFi, PCI, 300 MBit)
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TP-Link TL-WN951N 
Minimum: CDN$ 29.88 
Maximum: CDN$ 100.80  
Updated: 21/02/2016 19:34

Review of Linux Compatibility

The PCI wireless card TP-Link TL-WN951N exists in two versions (V1 and V3). Both versions base on the Atheros AR5008-3NG chipset and are fully supported by Linux (e.g. Ubuntu 10.10).

The version V1 has the PCI ID 168c:0023 and can be recognized by the text “REV:1.0″ printed on the the board.

The version V1 is recognized by the kernel in the following way:

05:06.0 Network controller [0280]: Atheros Communications Inc. AR5008 Wireless Network Adapter [168c:0023] (rev 01)
	Kernel driver in use: ath9k
	Kernel modules: ath9k

The Atheros chipset is supported by the ath9k kernel module. The following kernel modules will be loaded to utilize the card:

ath9k                 12  0
mac80211              34  1 ath9k
ath9k_common          56  1 ath9k
ath9k_hw              78  2 ath9k,ath9k_common
ath                   91  2 ath9k,ath9k_hw
cfg80211              43  3 ath9k,mac80211,ath

The loading of the kernel module will be shown in the kernel log files in the following way:

dmesg | egrep 'ath|firm'
ath9k 0000:06:00.0: PCI INT A -> GSI 18 (level, low) -> IRQ 18
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

Product details for version V1:
Product details for version V3:
Manufacturer specification:

Identified Hardware Configurations (2 Results)

This hardware component was used by Linux users under the following system configurations. These results were collected by our LHG Scan Tool:
Scan Date
Linux Mint 17.3 Rosa 3.19.0-32-generic - 17/05/2016
Ubuntu 14.04.2 LTS 3.16.0-37-generic - 12/05/2015

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4 Responses to “TP-Link TL-WN951N (WiFi, PCI, 300 MBit)”

  • xPrzybyLx says:

    Compatibility of this card is great but if You want to play online games do not
    buy this card – it lags as hell !

    • linuxprism says:

      Do you have the V1 or the V3 version of the card? If it is the V3 version, could you please provide us the output of lspci -nnk of the TL-WN951N since the PCI ID of this version is currently missing in our data base.
      At the moment only the [168c:0023] (rev 01) is listed in the article. Thanks.

    • xPrzybyLx says:

      Seems I have version (V1).

      08:01.0 Network controller [0280]: Qualcomm Atheros AR5416 Wireless Network Adapter [AR5008 802.11(a)bgn] [168c:0023] (rev 01)
      Subsystem: Qualcomm Atheros Device [168c:3071]
      Kernel driver in use: ath9k

    • Joseph Graham says:

      I am using this card with debian Wheezy and I have slow speeds and high latency.

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