Sky Wireless Connector Mini (AR6004) vs Raspberry PI

Got a Sky Wireless Connector Mini from a friend while was in UK, he told i can look into if i can use it for anything. As we do not have Sky here nor there boxes what is the device supposed to be used for was trying to figure if it can be made work on linux.

Plugging it onto the PI dmesg showing:

usb 1-1.2.4: new high-speed USB device number 6 using dwc_otg
usb 1-1.2.4: New USB device found, idVendor=27d5, idProduct=0080
usb 1-1.2.4: New USB device strings: Mfr=1, Product=2, SerialNumber=3
usb 1-1.2.4: Product: USBWLAN
usb 1-1.2.4: Manufacturer: Qualcomm Atheros.
usb 1-1.2.4: SerialNumber: 12345678

root@raspbmc:/# lsusb
Bus 001 Device 002: ID 0424:9512 Standard Microsystems Corp.
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 001 Device 003: ID 0424:ec00 Standard Microsystems Corp.
Bus 001 Device 004: ID 05e3:0608 Genesys Logic, Inc. USB-2.0 4-Port HUB
Bus 001 Device 005: ID 152d:2329 JMicron Technology Corp. / JMicron USA Technology Corp. JM20329 SATA Bridge
Bus 001 Device 006: ID 27d5:0080

Not recognized with any driver (due to messed up USB ids), with some help and trying realized that ath6kl_usb module seems like handling the device quiet well after adding its device id as new_id.

root@raspbmc:/# modprobe ath6kl_usb
root@raspbmc:/# echo 27d5 0080 > /sys/bus/usb/drivers/ath6kl_usb/new_id
root@raspbmc:/# dmesg

ath6kl: ar6004 hw 1.3 usb fw 3.5.0.2356\x01 api 3
ath6kl: firmware supports:

root@raspbmc# iw phy0 info
Wiphy phy0
        Band 1:
                Frequencies:
                        * 2412 MHz [1] (20.0 dBm)
                        * 2417 MHz [2] (20.0 dBm)
                        * 2422 MHz [3] (20.0 dBm)
                        * 2427 MHz [4] (20.0 dBm)
                        * 2432 MHz [5] (20.0 dBm)
                        * 2437 MHz [6] (20.0 dBm)
                        * 2442 MHz [7] (20.0 dBm)
                        * 2447 MHz [8] (20.0 dBm)
                        * 2452 MHz [9] (20.0 dBm)
                        * 2457 MHz [10] (20.0 dBm)
                        * 2462 MHz [11] (20.0 dBm)
                        * 2467 MHz [12] (20.0 dBm) (passive scanning, no IBSS)
                        * 2472 MHz [13] (20.0 dBm) (passive scanning, no IBSS)
                        * 2484 MHz [14] (20.0 dBm) (passive scanning, no IBSS)
                Bitrates (non-HT):
                        * 1.0 Mbps
                        * 2.0 Mbps
                        * 5.5 Mbps
                        * 11.0 Mbps
                        * 6.0 Mbps
                        * 9.0 Mbps
                        * 12.0 Mbps
                        * 18.0 Mbps
                        * 24.0 Mbps
                        * 36.0 Mbps
                        * 48.0 Mbps
                        * 54.0 Mbps
        Band 2:
                Frequencies:
                        * 5170 MHz [34] (disabled)
                        * 5180 MHz [36] (20.0 dBm) (passive scanning, no IBSS)
                        * 5190 MHz [38] (20.0 dBm) (passive scanning, no IBSS)
                        * 5200 MHz [40] (20.0 dBm) (passive scanning, no IBSS)
                        * 5210 MHz [42] (20.0 dBm) (passive scanning, no IBSS)
                        * 5220 MHz [44] (20.0 dBm) (passive scanning, no IBSS)
                        * 5230 MHz [46] (20.0 dBm) (passive scanning, no IBSS)
                        * 5240 MHz [48] (20.0 dBm) (passive scanning, no IBSS)
                        * 5260 MHz [52] (disabled)
                        * 5280 MHz [56] (disabled)
                        * 5300 MHz [60] (disabled)
                        * 5320 MHz [64] (disabled)
                        * 5500 MHz [100] (disabled)
                        * 5520 MHz [104] (disabled)
                        * 5540 MHz [108] (disabled)
                        * 5560 MHz [112] (disabled)
                        * 5580 MHz [116] (disabled)
                        * 5600 MHz [120] (disabled)
                        * 5620 MHz [124] (disabled)
                        * 5640 MHz [128] (disabled)
                        * 5660 MHz [132] (disabled)
                        * 5680 MHz [136] (disabled)
                        * 5700 MHz [140] (disabled)
                        * 5745 MHz [149] (20.0 dBm) (passive scanning, no IBSS)
                        * 5765 MHz [153] (20.0 dBm) (passive scanning, no IBSS)
                        * 5785 MHz [157] (20.0 dBm) (passive scanning, no IBSS)
                        * 5805 MHz [161] (20.0 dBm) (passive scanning, no IBSS)
                        * 5825 MHz [165] (20.0 dBm) (passive scanning, no IBSS)
                        * 5920 MHz [184] (disabled)
                        * 5940 MHz [188] (disabled)
                        * 5960 MHz [192] (disabled)
                        * 5980 MHz [196] (disabled)
                        * 6000 MHz [200] (disabled)
                        * 6020 MHz [204] (disabled)
                        * 6040 MHz [208] (disabled)
                        * 6060 MHz [212] (disabled)
                        * 6080 MHz [216] (disabled)
                Bitrates (non-HT):
                        * 6.0 Mbps
                        * 9.0 Mbps
                        * 12.0 Mbps
                        * 18.0 Mbps
                        * 24.0 Mbps
                        * 36.0 Mbps
                        * 48.0 Mbps
                        * 54.0 Mbps
        max # scan SSIDs: 16
        max scan IEs length: 1000 bytes
        Coverage class: 0 (up to 0m)
        Supported Ciphers:
                * WEP40 (00-0f-ac:1)
                * WEP104 (00-0f-ac:5)
                * TKIP (00-0f-ac:2)
                * CCMP (00-0f-ac:4)
                * 00-40-96:255
                * WPI-SMS4 (00-14-72:1)
        Available Antennas: TX 0 RX 0
        Supported interface modes:
                 * IBSS
                 * managed
                 * AP
        software interface modes (can always be added):
        interface combinations are not supported
        Supported commands:
                 * new_interface
                 * set_interface
                 * new_key
                 * new_beacon
                 * join_ibss
                 * set_pmksa
                 * del_pmksa
                 * flush_pmksa
                 * remain_on_channel
                 * set_tx_bitrate_mask
                 * action
                 * set_channel
                 * connect
                 * disconnect
        Supported TX frame types:
                 * managed: 0x50 0xd0
                 * AP: 0x50 0xd0
                 * P2P-client: 0x50 0xd0
                 * P2P-GO: 0x50 0xd0
        Supported RX frame types:
                 * managed: 0x40 0xd0
                 * AP: 0x40 0xd0
                 * P2P-client: 0x40 0xd0
                 * P2P-GO: 0x40 0xd0
        WoWLAN support:
                 * wake up on disconnect
                 * wake up on magic packet
                 * wake up on pattern match, up to 4 patterns of 1-64 bytes
                 * can do GTK rekeying
                 * wake up on GTK rekey failure
                 * wake up on EAP identity request
                 * wake up on 4-way handshake
        Device supports roaming.


Maybe it is my bad but AP mode only seems to work in 802.11g (nor a or n :()

Comments 2

1. Michael, Thursday, January 23, 2014, 12:02:

Thats still excellent work, have you got any further with it?

2. Csaba, Thursday, January 23, 2014, 13:39:

Think N mode AP does not work due a firmware issue.
http://lists.shmoo.com/pipe...
Will try to compile newer driver for it on the weekend to check if it does makes a change.