Testing WIFI and GPS hardware
chris at jenks.us
Fri Aug 15 20:09:00 CEST 2008
Although it looks like it will be some time before all the hardware in
the Freerunner becomes completely usable, I would at least like to be able
to verify that the hardware I received works correctly. I have no idea if
there is a time limit for having this unit repaired or replaced if it was
defective when I received it.
I am pleased that the GSM worked right away for both sending and
receiving calls. The two other main systems I would like to test are WIFI
and GPS, but these didn't seem to work immediately.
Under both 2007.2 and 2008.8, when I issue the command "ifup eth0" I
root at om-gta02:~# ifup eth0
udhcpc (v1.9.1) started
run-parts: /etc/udhcpc.d/00avahi-autoipd exited with return code 1
No lease, failing
even though there is an unsecured WAP nearby, which gives a signal
strength of 27/94 according to the "iwlist eth0 scan" command. Other
people have reported that WIFI to unsecured WAPs worked out-of-the-box, so
I wonder why mine doesn't.
Although I couldn't get WIFI to work under the "Locations" graphical
application (which says "Searching for your location" and then "ERROR:
Unable to locate a fix" when I turn on GPS), I haven't heard of much
success from others either.
It would be nice if the wiki had some simple procedures for testing the
Freerunner to verify that the hardware works as it should, so people know
when to send their unit in for service or when to spend more time trying
to get software working.
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