Help configuring DWL-520 Rev.B1

Cesar Reyes Mardones creye004 at
Mon Jun 21 13:24:13 EDT 2004

I load the hostap_pci module and the card didn't get started. I saw that 
someone has problem with the DWL-520 Rev.E1 and load a "firmware" (Subject: 
Please, help with the dwl520rev.E firmware!!! ). I am using hostap 0.1.3 
that doesn't have the command hostap_fw_load. Is that my problem?? Have I 
think in install the development driver and load the same firmware that 
Marcos used? Please help me out here... any experience with this card would 
help me a lot.

I have wireless tools 26, linux kernel 2.4.18-20 (original RH9 kernel), 
before I compiled the HostAP dirver, I install the linux-wlan-ng and the 
card is working great with that in Managed Mode. 

César Reyes M.
Electronic Engineering Student
Universidad de La Frontera, Temuco - CHILE

PS: This is the output of some commands that may be useful.

[root at fc69 root]# lspci -v
00:08.0 Network controller: Harris Semiconductor Prism 2.5 Wavelan chipset 
        Subsystem: D-Link System Inc DWL-520 Wireless PCI Adapter
        Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 32, IRQ 9
        Memory at df6ff000 (32-bit, prefetchable) [size=4K]
        Capabilities: [dc] Power Management version 2

[root at fc69 root]# dmesg
hostap_crypt: registered algorithm 'NULL'
hostap_pci: 0.1.3 - 2004-02-08 (Jouni Malinen <jkmaline at>)
divert: allocating divert_blk for wlan0
hostap_pci: Registered netdevice wlan0
prism2_hw_init: initialized in 0 ms
wlan0: NIC: id=0x8013 v1.0.0
wlan0: PRI: id=0x15 v1.0.7
Could not get RID for component STA	<-------- I think HERE is the Poblem
wlan0: Failed to read STA f/w version - only Primary f/w present   <--------
wlan0: Intersil Prism2.5 PCI: mem=0xdf6ff000, irq=9

[root at fc69 root]# iwconfig
lo        no wireless extensions.
eth0      no wireless extensions.
wlan0     IEEE 802.11-DS  ESSID:"test"
          Encryption key:off
          Link Quality:0  Signal level:0  Noise level:0
          Rx invalid nwid:0  Rx invalid crypt:0  Rx invalid frag:0
          Tx excessive retries:0  Invalid misc:0   Missed beacon:0
[root at fc69 root]# ifconfig wlan0
wlan0     Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:00:00:00:00:00
          BROADCAST MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1
          RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:100
          RX bytes:0 (0.0 b)  TX bytes:0 (0.0 b)
          Interrupt:9 Memory:d08ff000-d0900000

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