'iw list' & correct driver

eMyListsDDg emylistsddg at gmail.com
Sun Oct 20 21:28:28 EDT 2013

Arend & Larry & Dan,

it is a Realtek device:

Bus 001 Device 004: ID 0bda:8176 Realtek Semiconductor Corp. RTL8188CUS 802.11n WLAN Adapter

i was just surprized when issuing the command,

'iw wlan0 info'

it returns  "nl80211 not found."  so i thought i had something mis-configured.

i can issue 'lwlist wlan0 ..." commands and get data returned.

i'll try the rebuild kernel option with that driver support.
appreciate all the replies.

> On 10/16/2013 01:29 PM, Larry Finger wrote:
>> On 10/16/2013 03:34 AM, Arend van Spriel wrote:
>>> 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).

>> Sorry, this message has so little info that I have no idea what device
>> is being discussed, and there is no indication that this thread is in
>> any archive.

> Sorry, Larry

> The email address hostap at lists.shmoo.com is the mailing list for 
> hostapd/wpa_supplicant. The initial question referenced to driver called
> rtl871xdrv which I (wrongly?) took for being a realtek device.

> Regards,
> Arend

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