Orinoco Gold Card (Hermes) as AP under Debian Etch?

Edwin Whitelaw Edwin.Whitelaw at nrvunwired.net
Sun May 13 14:53:22 EDT 2007


I've googled and filtered the list regarding my attempt to use a Lucent 
(Orinoco) Gold 802.11b card as Ap under Debian Etch.  The card is in a 
Vadem-469 ISA bridge and I can get the hardware recognized but only 
using the orinoco_cs module. 

root at cpq400:~# iwconfig
lo        no wireless extensions.

eth0      no wireless extensions.

sit0      no wireless extensions.

eth1      IEEE 802.11b  ESSID:""  Nickname:"HERMES I"
          Mode:Managed  Frequency:2.422 GHz  Access Point: Not-Associated
          Bit Rate:11 Mb/s   Sensitivity:1/3
          Retry limit:4   RTS thr:off   Fragment thr:off
          Encryption key:off
          Power Management:off
          Link Quality=0/92  Signal level=134/153  Noise level=134/153
          Rx invalid nwid:0  Rx invalid crypt:0  Rx invalid frag:0
          Tx excessive retries:0  Invalid misc:0   Missed beacon:0

However (as has been noted by others), it will not accept the command to 
switch to Master mode.

root at cpq400:~# iwconfig eth1 mode master
Error for wireless request "Set Mode" (8B06) :
    SET failed on device eth1 ; Operation not supported.

Am I attempting the impossible with this combination?  If not, can 
someone perhaps offer a clue as to which modules are appropriate to have 
this card operate as an AP?

I have booted with out the orinoco_cs/orinoco modules and tried a 
variety of other modules but without the orinoco_cs, iwconfig doesn't 
even recognize it's there.

dmesg shows this when the module is loaded:

Normal boot messages
.
.
.
Intel ISA PCIC probe:
  Vadem VG-469 ISA-to-PCMCIA at port 0x3e2 ofs 0x00, 2 sockets
    host opts [0]: none
    host opts [1]: none
    ISA irqs (scanned) = 3,4,9 polling interval = 1000 ms
ieee80211_crypt: registered algorithm 'NULL'
ieee80211: 802.11 data/management/control stack, git-1.1.13
ieee80211: Copyright (C) 2004-2005 Intel Corporation 
<jketreno at linux.intel.com>
pccard: PCMCIA card inserted into slot 0
device-mapper: ioctl: 4.7.0-ioctl (2006-06-24) initialised: 
dm-devel at redhat.com
cs: IO port probe 0x100-0x3af: excluding 0x200-0x207 0x220-0x22f 
0x268-0x26f 0x330-0x337 0x388-0x38f
cs: IO port probe 0x3e0-0x4ff: excluding 0x4d0-0x4d7
cs: IO port probe 0x820-0x8ff: clean.
cs: IO port probe 0xc00-0xcf7: clean.
cs: IO port probe 0xa00-0xaff: clean.
cs: memory probe 0x0d0000-0x0dffff: clean.
pcmcia: registering new device pcmcia0.0
cs: IO port probe 0x100-0x3af: excluding 0x200-0x207 0x220-0x22f 
0x268-0x26f 0x330-0x337 0x388-0x38f
cs: IO port probe 0x3e0-0x4ff: excluding 0x4d0-0x4d7
cs: IO port probe 0x820-0x8ff: clean.
cs: IO port probe 0xc00-0xcf7: clean.
cs: IO port probe 0xa00-0xaff: clean.
NET: Registered protocol family 10
lo: Disabled Privacy Extensions
IPv6 over IPv4 tunneling driver
eth0: no IPv6 routers present
.
End of boot dmesg

hostap_cs: 0.4.4-kernel (Jouni Malinen <jkmaline at cc.hut.fi>)

(Note no eth1 is installed)

hostap_cs: Driver unloaded

(module is manually loaded with modprobe -a)

orinoco 0.15 (David Gibson <hermes at gibson.dropbear.id.au>, Pavel Roskin 
<proski at gnu.org>, et al)
orinoco_cs 0.15 (David Gibson <hermes at gibson.dropbear.id.au>, Pavel 
Roskin <proski at gnu.org>, et al)
eth1: Hardware identity 0001:0001:0004:0000
eth1: Station identity  001f:0001:0008:0048
eth1: Firmware determined as Lucent/Agere 8.72
eth1: Ad-hoc demo mode supported
eth1: IEEE standard IBSS ad-hoc mode supported
eth1: WEP supported, 104-bit key
eth1: MAC address 00:60:1D:1D:21:20
eth1: Station name "HERMES I"
eth1: ready
eth1: orinoco_cs at 0.0, irq 3, io 0x0100-0x013f

Thanks,

Edwin



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