Openmoko Bug #1794: Make Wifi "just work"

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Fri Nov 14 11:49:35 CET 2008

#1794: Make Wifi "just work"
    Reporter:  Sjors           |        Owner:  openmoko-devel
        Type:  enhancement     |       Status:  new           
    Priority:  high            |    Milestone:  Om2008.8      
   Component:  unknown         |      Version:  Om2008.8      
    Severity:  major           |   Resolution:                
    Keywords:  wifi usability  |     Haspatch:  0             
   Blockedby:                  |    Estimated:                
 Patchreview:                  |     Blocking:                
Reproducible:                  |  

Comment(by andy):

 queen6, I just responded to "...from kernel mailing list it seems OM
 kernel people are mostly focused on GTA03 right now."  Generally the
 firmware is a black box to us and I'm not sure actual ar6001 driver part
 is much better.  But about your points:

 1) TX signal strength, possibly this is something that can be set by
 firmware.  There's a decent antenna on the module at least.
 1a) iwlist wlan0 scan results, I believe the firmware is filtering these
 based on beacon quality / consistency, if we had a working monitor mode
 you would probably see hits from all the APs.
 2) Yeah I agree, again firmware is managing that I think we find
 3) No not AFAIK, the firmware doesn't support it but glad to be wrong

 Overall the comparison to other embedded WLAN device is telling, I notice
 strongly that two of the three areas that cause most pain in GTA02 involve
 closed firmware blobs...

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