I’m disappointed that this doesn’t work out of the box, as I’m sure I consulted several Ubuntu lists which implied it would.
After MUCH searching, and several false starts:
I downloaded the drivers from wireless.kernel.org by downloading the latest .tar file from
I untarred it.
Then opened up a terminal and entered
sudo make install
sudo make wlunload
modules=”cfg80211 mac80211 ar9170usb”
for i in $modules; do sudo modprobe $i; done
Hopefully this should have successfully loaded the drivers. Now we need the firmware
I downloaded this from:
There seem to be three versions, and I wasn’t sure which one to use, so I got them all!
Then I moved them into the ubuntu /lib/firmware directory
sudo mv ~/Downloads/ar9170.fw /lib/firmware
sudo mv ~/Downloads/ar9170-1.fw /lib/firmware
sudo mv ~/Downloads/ar9170-2.fw /lib/firmware
Reboot the PC, and you should have wireless!