Amazon Kindle Fire Only Supports 2.4 GHz WiFi

Amazon Kindle Fire Only Supports 2.4 GHz WiFi

The Amazon Kindle Fire had the potential to be a great WiFi geek tool because of below.

  • Low Price
  • Touch interface
  • 7″ screen size
  • Cloud storage
  • Amazon app store
  • Cool WiFi Apps :-)

Amazon.com has info below about WiFi specs indicating that 802.11a / 5 GHz is not supported.

“Supports public and private Wi-Fi networks or hotspots that use the 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n, or 802.1X standard with support for WEP, WPA and WPA2 security using password authentication; does not support connecting to ad-hoc (or peer-to-peer) Wi-Fi networks.”

I don’t have a Kindle Fire but my Internet research indicates that the FCC ID for the Kindle Fire is ZEV-1229.

The FCC WiFi Radio info for FCC ID ZEV-1229 is below.

FCC info indicates that device only supports 2.4 GHz WiFi, rendering is almost useless as a base platform for WiFi tools used by WLAN professionals.

If the Kindle Fire has the same WiFi hardware as the Kindle 4 the WiFi radio is the AR6103T-BM2D.

WiFi chipset is Atheros AR6103T-BM2D 26AR0620.142D PAF284.1B 1126 made in Taiwan. This is very interesting because doing a Google search for AR6103T returns zero results. Nothing. The chip is not mentioned on the net at all. It is clearly a part of AR6103 chip family but seems to be a newer modification. AR6103 chips feature:

2.4GHz 802.11b, 802.11g and 1-stream 802.11n. This means that it can only put though up to 72.2 Mbps in the 802.11n mode.
WEP, WPA, WPA2 (TKIP and AES) and WAPI encryption
802.11e, WMM and WMM-PS QoS
8.3mm x 9.2mm LGA package

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