Problem with SMC2532W-B V2 (0xd601 0x0010)

Tom Sharples tsharples at qorvus.net
Sun Oct 2 17:18:35 EDT 2005


This may (or may not) be helpful- Zcomax, the manufacturer of the SMC 
branded cards, plays a little fast and loose with FCC-ID numbers and 
internal hardware:

Cards with the FCC ID XI-325*  use the Prism 2.5 chipset.  SMC no longer 
provide these cards, however they are available on special order directly 
from Zcom (long, long lead times). HostAP worked fine with these cards.

Cards with FCC ID XI-330* AND a serial number that has the number 55 
embedded in it, actually use the Prism 2.5 chipset despite having the FCC 
ID number associated with the Prism 3.0 chipset.

Cards with FCC ID XI-330* AND a serial number that has the number 56 
embedded in it, actually use the Prism 3.0 chipset but don't correctly 
report TX levels when "auto" mode is selected unless you roll back the 
secondary firmware to 1.3.2 which breaks wds. There may also be other 
anomalies in a hostAP enviroment.

Cards with FCC ID XI-330* AND a serial number that has the number 58 (we've 
never received any 57's) embedded in it (these are the cards we now receive 
when we order) actually use the Prism 3.0 chipset and DO correctly report TX 
levels when "auto" mode is selected. HostAP seems to work fine.

Tom Sharples
President
Qorvus Systems, Inc.
www.qorvus.net
360.243.7371




----- Original Message ----- 
From: "James Henderson" <his_jimboness at yahoo.ca>
To: <hostap at shmoo.com>
Sent: Sunday, October 02, 2005 1:40 PM
Subject:Problem with SMC2532W-B V2 (0xd601 0x0010)


> Hello,
>
> I'm having a tough time getting this card working in hostap.  From my
> googling, I've determined that this is the version 2, Prism3 card
> (version 1 was Prism2.5).  It's a high-power 200mW pc card.
>
> I'm running Gentoo 2005.1, kernel 2.6.12-gentoo-r10, pcmcia-cs-3.2.8,
> and I've tried both hostap-0.3.9 and hostap-0.4.4
>
> I've had to add the following, per other people's hints, to
> /etc/pcmcia/hostap.conf:
>
> card "SMC2532W-B EliteConnect Wireless Adapter"
>    version "SMC", "SMC2532W-B EliteConnect Wireless Adapter", "", ""
>    manfid 0xd601, 0x0010
>    bind "hostap_cs"
>
> In the syslog, I see the following when issuing "cardctl insert" (or
> when just plugging the card in):
>
> Oct  2 16:09:33 hostname cardmgr[11742]: socket 0: SMC2532W-B
> EliteConnect Wireless Adapter
> Oct  2 16:09:34 hostname hostap_crypt: registered algorithm 'NULL'
> Oct  2 16:09:34 hostname hostap_cs: 0.3.9 - 2005-06-10 (Jouni Malinen
> <jkmaline at cc.hut.fi>)
> Oct  2 16:09:34 hostname hostap_cs: setting Vcc=33 (constant)
> Oct  2 16:09:34 hostname hostap_cs: CS_EVENT_CARD_INSERTION
> Oct  2 16:09:34 hostname hostap_cs: setting Vcc=50 (from config)
> Oct  2 16:09:34 hostname Checking CFTABLE_ENTRY 0x01 (default 0x01)
> Oct  2 16:09:34 hostname IO window settings: cfg->io.nwin=1 dflt.io.nwin=1
> Oct  2 16:09:34 hostname io->flags = 0x0047, io.base=0x0000, len=128
> Oct  2 16:09:34 hostname hostap_cs: Registered netdevice wifi0
> Oct  2 16:09:34 hostname hostap_cs: index 0x01: Vcc 5.0, irq 3, io
> 0x0200-0x027f
> Oct  2 16:09:34 hostname net.agent[11781]: add event not handled
> Oct  2 16:09:34 hostname prism2_hw_init: initialized in 193 ms
> Oct  2 16:09:34 hostname prism2_enable_aux_port(1) timed out
> Oct  2 16:09:34 hostname prism2_enable_aux_port: was not enabled!?
> Oct  2 16:09:34 hostname wifi0: valid PDA not found
> Oct  2 16:09:34 hostname wifi0: hfa384x_cmd_issue: cmd reg was busy for
> 9 usec
> Oct  2 16:09:36 hostname wifi0: hfa384x_cmd: entry still in list?
> (entry=ca9512c0, type=0, res=0)
> Oct  2 16:09:36 hostname wifi0: hfa384x_cmd: command was not completed
> (res=0, entry=ca9512c0, type=0, cmd=0x0021, param0=0xfd0b, EVSTAT=8000
> INTEN=0010)
> Oct  2 16:09:36 hostname wifi0: hfa384x_get_rid: CMDCODE_ACCESS failed
> (res=-110, rid=fd0b, len=8)
> Oct  2 16:09:36 hostname Could not get RID for component NIC
> Oct  2 16:09:36 hostname hostap_cs: Initialization failed
> Oct  2 16:09:36 hostname prism2_config() failed
> Oct  2 16:09:36 hostname cardmgr[11742]: executing: './network start
> wifi0 2>&1'
> Oct  2 16:09:36 hostname cardmgr[11742]: + ./network: line 28:
> /etc/init.d/net.wifi0: No such file or directory
> Oct  2 16:09:36 hostname cardmgr[11742]: start cmd exited with status 127
>
> As you can see, it can't find a valid PDA even though other people have
> claimed success with this card and hostap.
>
> "cardctl info" outputs:
> PRODID_1="SMC"
> PRODID_2="SMC2532W-B EliteConnect Wireless Adapter"
> PRODID_3=""
> PRODID_4=""
> MANFID=d601,0010
> FUNCID=6
>
> By the way, I have two of these cards and they both do the same thing.
> I'm doubting problems with the hardware itself.  And I haven't tried
> them in Windoze yet (nor do I have the means to do so...).
>
> Any ideas folks?
>
> Thank you,
> James
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