'iw list' & correct driver

Arend van Spriel arend at broadcom.com
Wed Oct 16 04:34:43 EDT 2013


On 10/16/2013 12:15 AM, Dan Williams wrote:
> On Tue, 2013-10-15 at 13:28 -0700, eMyListsDDg wrote:
>> on my raspberrypi i have wifi working using this driver, driver=rtl871xdrv
>>
>> when issuing 'iw list' command i get this returned:   "nl80211 not found"
>>
>> what do i need to config so i can get the "iw" toolset to work?
>
> Build your kernel with CONFIG_CFG80211, which enables nl80211 support.
> That doesn't mean your wifi driver supports cfg80211/nl80211 though, so
> it still may not work.  But that's what happens for
> out-of-tree-drivers :(

It probably uses wireless extensions, which gives a bad taste in my 
mouth everytime I say it. But you can use iwconfig/iwlist commands. Not 
sure exactly what chipset you have, but there may be a in-tree-driver 
these days (added Larry for that).

Regards,
Arend




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