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Linux: Find Wireless Driver Chipset Information

How do I find out Wireless driver chipset information under a Linux operating system? How do I get wireless card chipeset information without opening my systems or laptop using a Linux?

The simplest command to get this information is to use the lspci command. This utility show information about PCI buses in the system and devices connected to them. The PCI configuration space is restricted to root user. So you need to run this command as root user to get all possible information.

You may need to run update-pciids command to get the current version of the pci.ids file from the Internet and install it to get accurate results.

Syntax

The syntax is as follows:

lspci
lspci | less
lspci | grep -i intel
lspci | grep -i wireless

Sample outputs:

0c:00.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation PRO/Wireless 5300 AGN [Shiloh] Network Connection

Note down 0c:00.0 and enter the following command:
lspci -vv -s 0c:00.0
Sample outputs:

0c:00.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation PRO/Wireless 5300 AGN [Shiloh] Network Connection
	Subsystem: Intel Corporation Device 1121
	Control: I/O- Mem+ BusMaster+ SpecCycle- MemWINV- VGASnoop- ParErr- Stepping- SERR+ FastB2B- DisINTx-
	Status: Cap+ 66MHz- UDF- FastB2B- ParErr- DEVSEL=fast >TAbort- SERR- 
	Kernel driver in use: iwlagn
	Kernel modules: iwlagn

To get driver information type:
modinfo iwlagn
Sample outputs:

filename:       /lib/modules/2.6.32-23-generic-pae/kernel/drivers/net/wireless/iwlwifi/iwlagn.ko
alias:          iwl4965
license:        GPL
author:         Copyright(c) 2003-2009 Intel Corporation 
version:        1.3.27k
description:    Intel(R) Wireless WiFi Link AGN driver for Linux
firmware:       iwlwifi-4965-2.ucode
firmware:       iwlwifi-5150-2.ucode
firmware:       iwlwifi-5000-2.ucode
firmware:       iwlwifi-6050-4.ucode
firmware:       iwlwifi-6000-4.ucode
srcversion:     BB501FCC68D0C8213107D3B
alias:          pci:v00008086d00000084sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00000083sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00000089sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00000088sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00000087sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00000086sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00004239sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00004238sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d0000422Csv*sd*bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d0000422Bsv*sd*bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d0000008Esv*sd*bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d0000008Dsv*sd*bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d0000423Dsv*sd*bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d0000423Csv*sd*bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d0000423Bsv*sd00001011bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d0000423Asv*sd00001021bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d0000423Asv*sd00001001bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00004237sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00004236sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00004235sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00004232sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00004237sv*sd00001216bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00004232sv*sd00001326bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00004232sv*sd00001306bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00004232sv*sd00001206bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00004232sv*sd00001305bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00004232sv*sd00001205bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00004230sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v00008086d00004229sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
depends:        iwlcore,mac80211,cfg80211
vermagic:       2.6.32-23-generic-pae SMP mod_unload modversions 586TSC 
parm:           swcrypto50:using software crypto engine (default 0 [hardware])
 (bool)
parm:           queues_num50:number of hw queues in 50xx series (int)
parm:           11n_disable50:disable 50XX 11n functionality (int)
parm:           amsdu_size_8K50:enable 8K amsdu size in 50XX series (int)
parm:           fw_restart50:restart firmware in case of error (int)
parm:           antenna:select antenna (1=Main, 2=Aux, default 0 [both]) (int)
parm:           swcrypto:using crypto in software (default 0 [hardware]) (int)
parm:           disable_hw_scan:disable hardware scanning (default 0) (int)
parm:           queues_num:number of hw queues. (int)
parm:           11n_disable:disable 11n functionality (int)
parm:           amsdu_size_8K:enable 8K amsdu size (int)
parm:           fw_restart4965:restart firmware in case of error (int)

Finally, you can run the following to get info about vendor & product code:
lspci -n -s 0c:00.0
Sample outputs:

0c:00.0 0280: 8086:4235

Where,

  • 0280 – Network controller:
  • 8086:4235 – Intel Corporation Ultimate N WiFi Link 5300

Or the all in one following option:
$ lspci -nn -s 0c:00.0
Sample outputs:

0c:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Intel Corporation Ultimate N WiFi Link 5300 [8086:4235]

Tip: Update pci database

Type the following command download new version of the PCI ID list to get accurate info from lspci:

sudo update-pciids
lspci | more
lspci | grep -i wireless

Sample outputs:

Fig.01: Running update-pciids and lspci commands on a Linux

Fig.01: Running update-pciids and lspci commands on a Linux

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  • Philippe Petrinko July 16, 2010, 11:15 am

    Neat, useful, clear.
    Thanks Vivek.

    May the last item should have been [-nn] instead of [-n]


    lspci -nn -s 0c:00.0

    which gives both PCI IDs and description.

  • nixCraft July 22, 2010, 1:58 am

    Ah, yes it take out all guess work. Thanks for pointing it out :)

  • Thomas December 12, 2011, 7:38 pm

    Amazing help, I really appreciate it.

  • Mansoor Yahya December 25, 2012, 10:07 am

    Amazing!
    very detailed approach, helped alot
    very usefull for new/beginers
    Thanks!

  • israr January 12, 2013, 1:38 pm

    the output is below,can anyone tell me my chipset information,

    00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Core Processor DRAM Controller (rev 18)
    00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Core Processor Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 18)
    00:16.0 Communication controller: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset HECI Controller (rev 06)
    00:1a.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset USB2 Enhanced Host Controller (rev 06)
    00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset High Definition Audio (rev 06)
    00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset PCI Express Root Port 1 (rev 06)
    00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset PCI Express Root Port 2 (rev 06)
    00:1c.2 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset PCI Express Root Port 3 (rev 06)
    00:1c.4 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset PCI Express Root Port 5 (rev 06)
    00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset USB2 Enhanced Host Controller (rev 06)
    00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev a6)
    00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile 5 Series Chipset LPC Interface Controller (rev 06)

  • ranjeet May 27, 2013, 9:09 am

    when I ran the command ” lspci | grep -i wireless ” I got nothing. what exactly that means? What shall I do?

  • Baios July 3, 2013, 1:08 pm

    And what about the same information for wireless USB interfaces??

    • Pera Ložač May 28, 2014, 9:33 pm

      lsusb

  • Mike Clifford March 6, 2016, 8:42 am

    I am trying to find the ip address and other netstats to put onto a Raspberry Pi so it can read my wifi. I am trying to get the info by using the terminal in linux Mint. However all the code I have been given to do this (ifconfig netstats -nr) doesn’t work. I have searched the web and nothing seems to give me simple stats like ip address, subnet, router address, broadcast address and gateway. The above I have entered but I do not get what I seek. Also I do not understand the bar sign ‘I’ (eg lscpi ‘I’ less)that you place between codes. Could you please help. Mike

    • David October 14, 2016, 2:12 am

      The bar, often called pipe, is how you pipe the output of the lspci command into the input of the command called less. What less does is to show you only a page of information at a time. It also lets you search through all of that information and do many other things with it.
      You can explore the other things by looking up the less command on the Internet.

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