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[Solved] That Atheros AR9285 WLAN Card Problem

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About six months ago, I bought this awesome Samsung laptop at a great price. It’s been working just great, the only problem has been the WLAN card. It’s an Atheros AR9285 802.11a/b/g/n. At the beginning it worked fine, but lately it’s been failing like mad: it randomly loses connectivity from the WiFi network, although Windows stated otherwise.

I quickly thought it should have been a driver issue, so I looked for one that would do the job, and I found it at HP’s support website. Since it’s just a driver, it wouldn’t be a problem, right?

Here is the driver’s link: It’s for an AR9285 WLAN card running under a 64-bit Windows 7 (be sure to read that)

In case you don’t know how to install it, here’s how to:

  1. Extract its contents and then, under network connections, get in the properties of your wlan card
  2. Click on configure
  3. Then click on driver’s tab and then click on update driver
  4. Now click on Browse my computer for driver software.
  5. Click on the “Let me pick from a list…”
  6. Click on “Have a disk” and then click on browse, and search for the netathr.inf file. Then next.
  7. Select AR9285 802.11a/b/g/n from the list, then next. That should install it.

It works great now. It was just a matter of updating the driver, but looking for the right one is a real pain in the neck. Let me know if it works for you too.


Written by Wirelezz

September 17, 2011 at 2:21 pm

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  1. thanks


    December 27, 2011 at 5:18 pm

  2. OMG, thanks sooo much!!!


    March 22, 2012 at 5:00 pm

  3. thank you thank you thank you
    nothing more frustrating than a “up to date” driver and it still did not work.
    I am using an hp dv6…. with the atheros wlan card.
    wifi just disconnected every 2 minutes, then reconnected 10 seconds later
    i finished installation through upper link, and i have stabile wifi for teh last 45 minutes

    THANK YOU from the Netherlands!!!!


    March 28, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    • You are very welcome. It was indeed frustrating, but the best part is finding out and helping others.



      April 1, 2012 at 12:14 pm

  4. Thank you, man! I was trying to fix that problem from months. You are genius.
    Greetings from Poland.


    April 24, 2012 at 3:39 am

    • you are very welcome, thanks for stopping by


      April 25, 2012 at 11:10 pm

  5. Your are a genius!!!!! 🙂 Nobody could find a solution, except you!!! 🙂


    April 29, 2012 at 7:32 am

    • Thank you! Not really a genius lol, I guess it’s just about having the patience to find out how! Good luck!


      April 29, 2012 at 12:22 pm

  6. Well i had to deal for all most 1 year with that issue on an Asus laptop, firts i had to change some setting on their “saving energy” program that used to shut the wireless down, then i had this issue of losing connectivity. in a regular day a couple of time, but way more than that if i was downloading large amounts of data watching a movie or so, sometime even causing system crashes.
    Both Windows and Atheros used to send driver without any improving.. now i’ve followed your advice and it seems it’s working out.
    BTW Window did not wanted to let me do that, it keep telling that to replace the driver was “not recommended” because it could make the system unstable. Well the system already was, so i’ve ignored that now it run fine…
    Thank you


    May 16, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    • Thanks for the feedback! Good to know it is now working!


      July 15, 2012 at 9:00 am

  7. thanks mate, so far so good.


    May 29, 2012 at 5:53 am

  8. Thank you kindly sir. I couldn’t figure out whether it was my router or my wireless adapter. Went to a friend’s and it gives me problems connecting everywhere. Updated drivers from the Atheros site with no luck. Tried your fix after reading lots of forums and posts. Diablo 3 and League of Legends would disconnect frequently. Fix Works. Try it out.Thanks Again!


    June 1, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    • you are very welcome!


      June 1, 2012 at 7:47 pm

  9. Wauw..
    I had to strugle with this problem for more than a year..
    I have Sony laptop which had the same problems as you mentioned, Even Sony repair center werent able to find a solution, or they wouldn’t even admit that there was a problem…
    Damn.. You are a genius..


    July 23, 2012 at 1:51 am

    • thank you very much. I’m just really curious. I’m sure you would have come into a solution too, with a little more time.



      July 31, 2012 at 10:33 am

  10. Thank you! From Brazil.

    Gusttavo Wiltter

    August 14, 2014 at 3:01 pm

  11. […] [Solved] That Atheros AR9285 WLAN Card Problem | … – Sep 17, 2011 · About six months ago, I bought this awesome Samsung laptop at a great price. It’s been working just great, the only problem has been the WLAN card…. […]

  12. It`s amost 2016 and your solution keeps helping others. Like a lot of people have already said, you`re genius. I had the exactly same problem on an Asus laptop and couldn`t find any solution anywhere but in your post. Thanks from Brazil mate.


    December 20, 2015 at 4:44 pm

  13. can you pls fix that link


    May 20, 2016 at 12:26 am

  14. hi, i think i have the same problem but the link you posted isn’t working … can you specify the exact file to download?


    May 4, 2017 at 8:56 am

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