AR6004 WiFi devices and firmware

Hi,

I am investigating a project using the Alcatel Y855 MiFi device, and want to be able to use the device in station mode, rather than the default AP mode.

The WiFi chipset in this devices is the Qualcomm / Atheros AR6004.

This is a relatively open device (allows direct SSH access!), which makes modding the OS build on it easy.

However (presumably because it is a MiFi) the WiFi chipset on it appears to be set up in a way that only allows it to run properly in AP mode - in Station mode, the performance seems to be limited to a very low rate (looks like forced to 802.11b, it will never sync above 11Mbit/s)

So my specific question is whether anyone has tried to use this device in station mode, and had any success?

A more general question is whether anyone has any experiences of any other devices that are based around this WiFi chipset, and therefore can give any pointers to sources of the drivers and firmware files (that live in /lib/firmware/ath6k/AR6004/hw3.0) that are designed for devices using the chipset that run in station mode.

Thanks in advance for any advice / experiences!

Michael

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