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Re: compiling wifi drivers for arm

Wed Feb 01, 2012 10:44 pm

Anyone know of a good tutorial for compiling drivers for the r-pi. I want to see if i can get this wifi card to work with it.

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Re: compiling wifi drivers for arm

Wed Feb 01, 2012 11:11 pm

As far as I can tell this device would be supported by the rtl8712 driver which is in the kernel mainline. Compiling it will be the same as compiling a mainline kernel module on any other Linux device.

You probably won't have to though as I assume that the foundation will ship most kernel modules that might be useful with their distribution kernels.

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Re: compiling wifi drivers for arm

Wed Feb 01, 2012 11:49 pm

here's a crazy idea why not tear a usb wifi reciever apart and solder it directly to usb connection on the mainboard.

it should be solder(plug) and play.

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Re: compiling wifi drivers for arm

Thu Feb 02, 2012 12:11 am

If you did that, you would still lose the physical USB port that those connectors are attached to.  Easier in most cases to just plug the darn thing in.
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Re: compiling wifi drivers for arm

Thu Feb 02, 2012 5:18 pm

I believe we will see all kinds of wired and wild wireless setups on the RasPi.

This micro wireless router requires no drivers at all. It can be power from a USB hub and allows a direct connection to wired network through the WAN (I believe it can anyway). I recommended this to some of the people that wish to embed a RasPi in a keyboard. There are going to be a good many USB wireless solutions to be had. After the RasPi is available we will start hearing what works and what does not work.
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Re: compiling wifi drivers for arm

Fri Apr 13, 2012 12:16 am


I'm trying to figure out how to how to get wireless drivers working too - in my case the rtl8187.  The Debian image seems to not include any of the wireless driver kernel modules.

So I downloaded the Pi's kernel from github and cross compiled it.  I copied over the rtl8187.ko along with its dependent .ko's to the Pi (it's a Beta board with Debian 6.0 & kernel v3.1.9+).  I ran depmod but when doing modprobe I'm getting a darn 'Invalid module format'.  I can't figure out why it complains as the version magic matches.

Anyways, I figured I would post in case anyone has had luck with any wireless modules (or any other kernel modules not on the Debian image).



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