ThinkPad 11a/b/g Wireless LAN Mini Express Adapter

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ThinkPad 11a/b/g Wireless LAN Mini Express Adapter

This is a WiFi Adapter that is installed in a Mini-PCI Express slot


  • Chipset: Atheros AR5006EX (As printed on card AR5BXB6)
  • Integrated Mac Processor and Radio Chip: Atheros 5424
  • IEEE Standards: 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g
  • PCI ID: 168c:1014

Atheros mini-PCIe WiFi Adapter

IBM Partnumbers

IBM Option PN (US): 40Y7026

Linux WiFi driver

Try the Madwifi driver.


get the driver from and use ndiswrapper

Hardware switch

Some ThinkPads have a hardware switch that must be in the on position for the radio to work, regardless of driver state:

(ThinkPad R60 radio switch in the ON position)

(Note: This may not always be the case. On at least one T60, model 2007-62U with Atheros AR5212, running Ubuntu Edgy with the MadWifi driver, the wireless switch has no effect. Wireless operates with the switch in either position. But there's a experimental patch which adds support of the switch to ibm-acpi.)

ThinkPads this card may be found in

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