ath10k temperature issue with late2012 macbook pro

Lil Evil Lil_Evil at
Tue May 17 14:04:39 PDT 2016

Hi all,

I am running an MikroTik R11e-5HacT - High-power triple-chain miniPCI-e Card ( in an apu.2c4 ( - so far so good.

I recently came to realise that the temperature of the AC module goes up to 95°C reported by sensors during heavy use. Readings seems legitimate verifying by physical touch.

I played with transmit power and reduced from 30db to 21db with marginal difference of 5°C.

The specs give a max temp of 65°C, so that doesnt seem very healthy.

I have tried various firmware and kernel versions without any difference

The issue seems to be related to my MAC client:

Windows PC 802.11n transfering at 25MB/sec - WiFi module between 67°C - 70°C
MAC (next to Windows PC) 802.11n transfering at 15MB/sec - WiFi module reaches 85°C within 60 sec
IPAD 802.11ac transfering at 20MB/sec  -  WiFi module between 67°C - 70°C

Any pointers welcome?


Debug info:

root at xenial:~# uname -a

Linux xenial 4.6.0 #1 SMP Mon May 16 13:53:14 CEST 2016 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux




Adapter: PCI adapter

temp1:        +84.0°C


lspci -v:

05:00.0 Network controller: Qualcomm Atheros QCA986x/988x 802.11ac Wireless Network Adapter

    Subsystem: Device 19b6:d03c

    Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 57

    Memory at fe200000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=2M]

    Expansion ROM at fe400000 [disabled] [size=64K]

    Capabilities: [40] Power Management version 2

    Capabilities: [50] MSI: Enable+ Count=1/8 Maskable+ 64bit-

    Capabilities: [70] Express Endpoint, MSI 00

    Capabilities: [100] Advanced Error Reporting

    Capabilities: [140] Virtual Channel

    Capabilities: [160] Device Serial Number 00-00-00-00-00-00-00-00

    Kernel driver in use: ath10k_pci

    Kernel modules: ath10k_pci



May 17 11:28:29 xenial kernel: ath10k_pci 0000:05:00.0: Unknown FW IE: 30

May 17 11:28:29 xenial kernel: ath10k_pci 0000:05:00.0: qca988x hw2.0 target 0x4100016c chip_id 0x043202ff sub 19b6:d03c

May 17 11:28:29 xenial kernel: ath10k_pci 0000:05:00.0: kconfig debug 0 debugfs 1 tracing 0 dfs 1 testmode 0

May 17 11:28:29 xenial kernel: ath10k_pci 0000:05:00.0: firmware ver api 5 features wmi-10.x,wmi-10.2,raw-mode,adaptive-cca,mfp crc32 56488b5c


Macbook client:



  Card Type:    AirPort Extreme  (0x14E4, 0x10F)

  Firmware Version:    Broadcom BCM43xx 1.0 (


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