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WiFi on NanoFire3 - anyone got it working?

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Has anyone been able to get a USB WiFi module to work with the NanoFire3 boards?

According to the FriendlyArm Wiki it supports a number of devices but I have tried all of them and nothing works.

I have even tried to build into the kernel and Android OS the drivers but it doesn't work.

Looks like my investment in the NanoFire3 was a waste of time and money unless I can get this to work.
Hi,
Which model of usb wifi do you use? We tested the following types:
Index Model
1 RTL8188CUS/8188EU 802.11n WLAN Adapter
2 RT2070 Wireless Adapter
3 RT2870/RT3070 Wireless Adapter
4 RTL8192CU Wireless Adapter
5 mi WiFi mt7601
6 5G USB WiFi RTL8821CU
7 5G USB WiFi RTL8812AU

Thank you~
I have tried many of them. I am trying just now with an RTL8192CU based module as that is the one I have added the Kernel drivers for.

When I checked the Kernel drivers, there were no WiFi drivers except for the one used on the NanoPC T3 Plus. I am not using your pre-built image but instead building from your source. I also did try your pre-built image but it still does not work.

I have had to modify the kernel and the Android OS to add the drivers but Android still does not correctly associate the USB module with WiFi.

I see the following in DMESG output so I know the module is being detected on the USB port.

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<7>[    1.680000] usb 1-1.3: default language 0x0409
<7>[    1.680000] usb 1-1.3: udev 3, busnum 1, minor = 2
<6>[    1.680000] usb 1-1.3: New USB device found, idVendor=0bda, idProduct=8179
<6>[    1.680000] usb 1-1.3: New USB device strings: Mfr=1, Product=2, SerialNumber=3
<6>[    1.688000] usb 1-1.3: Product: 802.11n NIC
<6>[    1.692000] usb 1-1.3: Manufacturer: Realtek
<6>[    1.696000] usb 1-1.3: SerialNumber: 3CA31503056C
<7>[    1.700000] usb 1-1.3: usb_probe_device
<7>[    1.700000] usb 1-1.3: configuration #1 chosen from 1 choice
<7>[    1.700000] usb 1-1.3: adding 1-1.3:1.0 (config #1, interface 0)


And further down I see this for the wifi configuration:

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<7>[  144.304000] dhd_module_init: in
<7>[  144.304000] ======== bcm_wlan_set_plat_data ========
<7>[  144.304000] host_oob_irq: 187
<7>[  144.304000] host_oob_irq_flags = 414
<7>[  144.304000] dhd_wifi_platform_load: Enter
<7>[  144.304000] Power-up adapter 'DHD generic adapter'
<7>[  144.304000] wifi_platform_set_power = 1
<7>[  144.304000] ======== PULL WL_REG_ON HIGH! ========
<7>[  144.304000] wifi_pm: bcmdhd: 1
<7>[  144.620000] wifi_platform_bus_enumerate device present 1
<3>[  145.656000] dw_mmc dw_mmc.1: Data0: Never released by cmd52
<7>[  145.820000] failed to power up DHD generic adapter, 1 retry left
<7>[  145.848000] wifi_platform_set_power = 0
<7>[  145.848000] ======== PULL WL_REG_ON LOW! ========
<7>[  145.848000] wifi_pm: bcmdhd: 0
<7>[  145.960000] wifi_platform_bus_enumerate device present 0
<3>[  146.660000] dw_mmc dw_mmc.1: Data0: Never released by cmd52
<3>[  147.664000] dw_mmc dw_mmc.1: Data0: Never released by cmd0
<3>[  148.668000] dw_mmc dw_mmc.1: Data0: Never released by cmd8
<3>[  149.672000] dw_mmc dw_mmc.1: Data0: Never released by cmd5
<3>[  150.680000] dw_mmc dw_mmc.1: Data0: Never released by cmd5
<3>[  151.688000] dw_mmc dw_mmc.1: Data0: Never released by cmd5
<3>[  152.692000] dw_mmc dw_mmc.1: Data0: Never released by cmd5
<3>[  153.700000] dw_mmc dw_mmc.1: Data0: Never released by cmd55
<3>[  154.704000] dw_mmc dw_mmc.1: Data0: Never released by cmd55
<3>[  155.708000] dw_mmc dw_mmc.1: Data0: Never released by cmd55
<3>[  156.712000] dw_mmc dw_mmc.1: Data0: Never released by cmd55
<3>[  157.716000] dw_mmc dw_mmc.1: Data0: Never released by cmd1
<7>[  157.716000] failed to power up DHD generic adapter, max retry reached**
<7>[  157.716000] unregister wifi platform drivers
<7>[  157.716000] wifi_platform_bus_enumerate device present 0
<7>[  157.716000] dhd_module_init: Failed to load the driver, try cnt 1
<7>[  157.716000] ======== bcm_wlan_set_plat_data ========
<7>[  157.716000] host_oob_irq: 187
<7>[  157.716000] host_oob_irq_flags = 414
<7>[  157.716000] dhd_wifi_platform_load: Enter
<7>[  157.716000] Power-up adapter 'DHD generic adapter'
<7>[  157.716000] wifi_platform_set_power = 1
<7>[  157.716000] ======== PULL WL_REG_ON HIGH! ========
<7>[  157.716000] wifi_pm: bcmdhd: 1
<7>[  158.032000] wifi_platform_bus_enumerate device present 1
<3>[  159.068000] dw_mmc dw_mmc.1: Data0: Never released by cmd52
<7>[  159.232000] failed to power up DHD generic adapter, 1 retry left
<7>[  159.260000] wifi_platform_set_power = 0
<7>[  159.260000] ======== PULL WL_REG_ON LOW! ========
<7>[  159.260000] wifi_pm: bcmdhd: 0
<7>[  159.376000] wifi_platform_bus_enumerate device present 0
<3>[  160.076000] dw_mmc dw_mmc.1: Data0: Never released by cmd52
<3>[  161.080000] dw_mmc dw_mmc.1: Data0: Never released by cmd0
<3>[  162.084000] dw_mmc dw_mmc.1: Data0: Never released by cmd8
<3>[  163.088000] dw_mmc dw_mmc.1: Data0: Never released by cmd5
<3>[  164.092000] dw_mmc dw_mmc.1: Data0: Never released by cmd5
<3>[  165.096000] dw_mmc dw_mmc.1: Data0: Never released by cmd5
<3>[  166.104000] dw_mmc dw_mmc.1: Data0: Never released by cmd5
<3>[  167.108000] dw_mmc dw_mmc.1: Data0: Never released by cmd55
<3>[  168.116000] dw_mmc dw_mmc.1: Data0: Never released by cmd55
<3>[  169.124000] dw_mmc dw_mmc.1: Data0: Never released by cmd55
<3>[  170.128000] dw_mmc dw_mmc.1: Data0: Never released by cmd55
<3>[  171.132000] dw_mmc dw_mmc.1: Data0: Never released by cmd1
<7>[  171.132000] failed to power up DHD generic adapter, max retry reached**
<7>[  171.132000] unregister wifi platform drivers
<7>[  171.132000] wifi_platform_bus_enumerate device present 0
Will the Raspberry Pi USB WIFI module with the BCM43438 chipset work with the NanoFire3 drivers using the same one that drives the NanoPC T3 Plus? I get the following in the debug output when I plug this in.

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[    5.636000] dw_mmc dw_mmc.1: Data0: Never released by cmd0
[    6.644000] dw_mmc dw_mmc.1: Data0: Never released by cmd8
[    7.652000] dw_mmc dw_mmc.1: Data0: Never released by cmd5
[    8.660000] dw_mmc dw_mmc.1: Data0: Never released by cmd5
[    9.672000] dw_mmc dw_mmc.1: Data0: Never released by cmd5
[   10.676000] dw_mmc dw_mmc.1: Data0: Never released by cmd5
[   11.684000] dw_mmc dw_mmc.1: Data0: Never released by cmd55
[   12.688000] dw_mmc dw_mmc.1: Data0: Never released by cmd55
[   13.696000] dw_mmc dw_mmc.1: Data0: Never released by cmd55
[   14.704000] dw_mmc dw_mmc.1: Data0: Never released by cmd55
[   15.708000] dw_mmc dw_mmc.1: Data0: Never released by cmd1
chensy wrote:
Hi,
Which model of usb wifi do you use? We tested the following types:
Index Model
1 RTL8188CUS/8188EU 802.11n WLAN Adapter
2 RT2070 Wireless Adapter
3 RT2870/RT3070 Wireless Adapter
4 RTL8192CU Wireless Adapter
5 mi WiFi mt7601
6 5G USB WiFi RTL8821CU
7 5G USB WiFi RTL8812AU

Thank you~


I have tried to use your existing images and neither Android 5 or 7 detect my WiFi USB module. I have tried RTL8188EU and RTL8192CU modules and nothing works. Which OS did you test with above?

I tried to build the Android OS with support for the RTL8192CU but it does not work. I admit that I am not 100% familiar yet on how to add this to the OS but I am learning. The Linux kernel includes the RTL8192CU drivers and I managed to create the .ko module file, and add this to the vendor prebuilt files and install to /system/lib/modules but nothing works.

I would appreciate it if you could create a Wiki entry on how to add this support to the source files.

PS. I looked in /system/lib/modules for the default images but there are no .ko files for the above wifi modules. Where are the files for these stored?

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