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Opened 3 years ago

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#20227 new defect

Plusnet 2704N V1 Wifi

Reported by: softnirav@… Owned by: developers
Priority: high Milestone: Chaos Calmer 15.05
Component: base system Version: Trunk
Keywords: Cc:

Description

The wifi on W8960NV5 (same specs as 2704NV1) is not working in 802.11n mode.
The wifi works only in 802.11b/g mode. It is detected as 'Generic MAC80211 802.11bg (radio0)'.
The wiki for this model can be found at http://wiki.openwrt.org/toh/plusnet/fast2704nv1

Please also modify that the hardware works fine in PPPoE Mode (Tested) in the wiki page.

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comment:1 Changed 3 years ago by anonymous

brcm63xx: Add device support patch and build image for fast2704nv1.

comment:2 Changed 3 years ago by anonymous

Provide snapshot build for this 96318REF Board. Can be built using make menuconfig.

comment:3 follow-up: Changed 2 years ago by anonymous

N mode does not work for a lot of devices including this one. Hopefully in a few months someone might figure it out more.

comment:4 in reply to: ↑ 3 Changed 2 years ago by anonymous

Replying to anonymous:

N mode does not work for a lot of devices including this one. Hopefully in a few months someone might figure it out more.

Thanks for the information. Do tell if I could provide any help. I am having a TP-Link W8960N hw v. 5. I have tested the firmware for fast 2704N on it. I got success in that.
Also tell if anything can be done for 802.11n mode, because the even the proprietary broadcom-wl 5.10.56 mips driver doesn't work for the bcm43217 chip.
Has anyone got any later version of broadcom-wl for mips? Don't take me wrong, I don't like using closed source drivers. But wished if it could temporarily work until b43 driver got support for wireless n. It's important for me to use 802.11n as I do video streaming over wireless.
Any idea when will b43 get support for that?

comment:5 Changed 2 years ago by matt

unfortunately not, I've also tried the proprietary broadcom drivers and the later firmware (784.2 in the make menuconfig) with no success. I did attempt to find a way to force a different driver - but I was unsuccessful. So I am stuck too.
I have no idea if full support will happen for it? I've looked around without finding much info.
P.S. "I think" this driver comes from the main kernel archive, it's not an addon by openwrt.

comment:6 Changed 2 years ago by matt

I would like to add to this log, if anyone can help:
DMESG:

b43-phy0: Broadcom 43217 WLAN found (core revision 30)
b43-phy0: Found PHY: Analog 9, Type 4 (N), Revision 17
b43-phy0: Found Radio: Manuf 0x17F, ID 0x2057, Revision 14, Version 0
Broadcom 43xx driver loaded [ Features: PNL ]

iwinfo:

wlan0 ESSID: "Openwrt-test"
Access Point: 44:E9:DD:00:00:02
Mode: Master Channel: 1 (2.412 GHz)
Tx-Power: 20 dBm Link Quality: 70/70
Signal: -38 dBm Noise: unknown
Bit Rate: 48.0 MBit/s
Encryption: WPA2 PSK (CCMP)
Type: nl80211 HW Mode(s): 802.11bg . (can not get into bgn HW Mode)
Hardware: unknown [Generic MAC80211]
TX power offset: unknown
Frequency offset: unknown
Supports VAPs: no PHY name: phy0

In /etc/config/wireless, adding HT40 or SHORT-GI-40 does not help.

comment:7 Changed 2 years ago by anonymous

Seems that b43 is not supporting n features. Read more at https://wireless.wiki.kernel.org/en/users/drivers/b43
Hope someone finds a way out. Without n the wireless seems to be very slow. Not suitable for even medium size file transfer.
I am also stuck here. Ready to help find a way out.
Someone please mail b43 developers.

N mode does not work for a lot of devices including this one. Hopefully in a few months someone might figure it out more.

Seems that this issue is widespread.
Might be proprietary broadcom drivers help, if we can figure a way out.

comment:8 Changed 2 years ago by softnirav@…

Created a forum topic regarding bcm43217
https://forum.openwrt.org/viewtopic.php?id=59912

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