Missing WLAN0 under /proc/net/hostap/, even thou pci card is working

E. Segura esegura at computer.org
Tue May 5 09:00:02 EDT 2009


Hi list,

Anyone interested in helping with the issue described below? We can
take this offline if this has been addressed somewhere else, but I did
look for a solution to this problem and couldn't find anything.

Thanks,
Ed.

On Sat, May 2, 2009 at 6:28 PM, E. Segura <esegura at computer.org> wrote:
> Hi Folks,
>
> I've been using hostap for quite some time now. I use it on my IpCop
> box, configured as an access point. I'm trying to update the firmware
> but I'm running into the 'PRISM2_DOWNLOAD_SUPPORT' problem, even
> though I did recompile the driver with that line:
> *******************************************************************************
> root at ipcop-dev:~/newDriver/hostap/hostap-driver-0.4.9 # grep
> PRISM2_DOWNLOAD driver/modules/hostap_config.h
> #define PRISM2_DOWNLOAD_SUPPORT
> #if !defined(PRISM2_DOWNLOAD_SUPPORT) && defined(CONFIG_HOSTAP_FIRMWARE)
> #define PRISM2_DOWNLOAD_SUPPORT
> #ifdef PRISM2_DOWNLOAD_SUPPORT
> #endif /* PRISM2_DOWNLOAD_SUPPORT */
> *******************************************************************************
>
> You might wonder why do I want to flash my card in the first place. I
> noticed some stability issues with all wireless stations.
> (How do I know? Whenever I reinstall hostap the link comes right up)
>
> I think this is caused by the firmware I'm using:
> *******************************************************************************
> root at firewall:~/newDriver/hostap-utils # ./hostap_diag wlan0
> Host AP driver diagnostics information for 'wlan0'
>
> NICID: id=0x8013 v1.0.0 (PRISM II (2.5) Mini-PCI (SST parallel flash))
> PRIID: id=0x0015 v1.0.5
> STAID: id=0x001f v1.1.1 (station firmware)
> *******************************************************************************
>
> I'm thus trying to update (using 'volatile' first) the firmware using:
> *******************************************************************************
> root at firewall:~/newDriver/hostap-utils # ./prism2_srec -r wlan0
> ../firmware1.8.2/PK010101.HEX ../firmware1.8.2/SF010802.HEX
> srec summary for PK010101.HEX
> Component: 0x0015 1.1.1 (primary firmware)
>
> srec summary for SF010802.HEX
> Component: 0x001f 1.8.2 (station firmware)
>
> Could not read wlan PDA. This requires PRISM2_DOWNLOAD_SUPPORT definition in
> driver/module/hostap_config.h.
> *******************************************************************************
>
> I think that this might be related to the fact that I don't get a
> wlan0 item under /proc/net/hostap:
> *******************************************************************************
> root at firewall:~/newDriver/hostap-utils # ll /proc/net/hostap/
> total 0
> *******************************************************************************
>
> even though, the driver has been uploaded:
> *******************************************************************************
> root at firewall:~/newDriver/hostap-utils # lsmod|grep hostap
> hostap_crypt_wep        3312   1  (autoclean)
> hostap_pci             37912   2
> hostap                 86760   0  [hostap_crypt_wep hostap_pci]
> *******************************************************************************
>
> and it seems to be running fine:
> *******************************************************************************
> root at firewall:~/newDriver/hostap-utils # ping darkstar
> PING darkstar.morenosnet (192.168.2.101): 56 data bytes
> 64 bytes from 192.168.2.101: icmp_seq=0 ttl=128 time=2.133 ms
> 64 bytes from 192.168.2.101: icmp_seq=1 ttl=128 time=1.955 ms
> 64 bytes from 192.168.2.101: icmp_seq=2 ttl=128 time=2.286 ms
> --- darkstar.morenosnet ping statistics ---
> 3 packets transmitted, 3 packets received, 0% packet loss
> round-trip min/avg/max/stddev = 1.955/2.125/2.286/0.135 ms
> *******************************************************************************
>
> Any help I could get regarding this issue would be greatly appreciated.
>
> Just in case:
> *******************************************************************************
> root at firewall:~/newDriver/hostap-utils # uname -a
> Linux firewall.morenosnet 2.4.36 #1 Tue Jul 22 13:13:24 GMT 2008 i686
> pentium3 i386 GNU/Linux
> *******************************************************************************
> root at firewall:~/newDriver/hostap-utils # iwconfig wlan0
> wlan0     IEEE 802.11b  ESSID:"something"
>          Mode:Ad-Hoc  Frequency:2.412 GHz  Cell: 02:23:E0:21:39:7E
>          Bit Rate:11 Mb/s   Sensitivity=1/3
>          Retry min limit:8   RTS thr:off   Fragment thr:off
>          Encryption key:something   Security mode:restricted
>          Power Management:off
>          Link Quality=128/92  Signal level=-49 dBm  Noise level=-99 dBm
>          Rx invalid nwid:0  Rx invalid crypt:0  Rx invalid frag:0
>          Tx excessive retries:2  Invalid misc:39   Missed beacon:0
> *******************************************************************************
>
>
> --
> Eduardo
>
>
>
> --
> Eduardo
>



-- 
Eduardo


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