Station firmware 1.7.4. vs. 1.8.4

Kelly Hogan kshogan at linora.com
Wed Jul 13 08:00:45 EDT 2005


We have 1.8.4 running on about 5 NomadISP nodes (APs) with hostap 0.3.9
stable on Linux 2.6.11-7.  Running on WRAP2C & Soekris 4501/11's 

No problems to date with heavy use patterns.  WDS tested and multiple
hops work well.  We will track with several systems and report.

On Wed, 2005-07-13 at 08:28, Joe Parks wrote:
> On Tue, 12 Jul 2005 22:15:00 +0300
> Jar <jar at pcuf.fi> wrote:
> > Any experiences with the new 1.8.4 station firmware in managed and 
> > hostap modes yet?
> > 
> > When compared 1.8.4 to 1.7.4, does it work as well as the 1.7.4 in 
> > managed/hostap? Worth to upgrade? What do you think?
> 
> We've done some limited testing using a much older hostap driver and found 1.7.4 to be substantially more stable than 1.8.4.   Poor connection rates, random kernel panics, and terrible throughput abound when using the 1.8.4 firmware with the 0.1.3 hostap driver on an ARM platform.  No such problems with 1.7.4
> 
> We *have not* looked much into this though.   Once we saw all the problems we switched back to 1.7.4
> 
> In particular we haven't: 
> 
> * kept logs of the various problems 
> 
> * traced any of the oops messages to understand them better
> 
> * tried with latest drivers
> 
> * tried on alternate platforms
> 
> So, in short, "Your mileage may vary"
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