State of the OpenMoko wlan driver

Henning Rogge rogge at
Thu Sep 18 11:14:32 CEST 2008

Am Donnerstag 18 September 2008 10:26:11 schrieb Andy Green:
> | a) I heared the driver supports adhoc interfaces, is this correct ?
> I also heard it is supported, I do not know status of it.
> AR6001 is fullmac device, so there is a big chunk of closed firmware
> between us and the hardware that regulates what we can do with it.
Okay, that's not good...

> | b) If yes, does the driver support promiscuous mode (can I hear adhoc
> packets
> | send between two other devices in range) ?
> |
> | c) Does the driver support monitor mode with radiotap header or is there
> | another way to get the signal strength of other wlan adhoc stations in
> | range ?
> AIUI there is no monitor mode support, and that's down to the closed
> firmware.  There has been no update of AR6001 firmware since before
> production and Atheros keep the firmware update utility private, so I
> would not hold your breath.

> What IFF_PROMISC gets you in adhoc context I don't know either, but
> unless it passes it to the firmware the answer would be "your own
> traffic" I guess.
Is there someone on this list who has a small adhoc net and can test this ? If 
the driver does not support promisc mode it would be useless for us. :(


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