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BeagleBone + WiFi - fail

by normlane on Thu Jul 26, 2012 4:28 am

I can't get an inet addr. I've been through the tutorial a couple of times and even upgraded the OS to 6.0. I'm totally unfamiliar with unix incantations and vi but I think I've followed the instructions.

Here's what I get...

root@beaglebone:~# ifconfig wlan0
wlan0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:9E:95:9B:55:3F
UP BROADCAST MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
RX bytes:0 (0.0 B) TX bytes:0 (0.0 B)
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Re: BeagleBone + WiFi - fail

by normlane on Thu Jul 26, 2012 4:38 am

Ok, after looking for other posts on the same subject I see that this isn't too unusual a problem. I tried the dongle on my Windows 7 box and got nada.
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Re: BeagleBone + WiFi - fail

by adafruit on Sat Jul 28, 2012 3:04 pm

NormLane wrote:Ok, after looking for other posts on the same subject I see that this isn't too unusual a problem. I tried the dongle on my Windows 7 box and got nada.


the adapter didnt work on a windows machine at all? was it recognized at least?
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Re: BeagleBone + WiFi - fail

by normlane on Sun Jul 29, 2012 4:39 am

Oops. I don't know what happened the first time but I just now was able to log on using it on Windows 7.
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Re: BeagleBone + WiFi - fail

by normlane on Sun Jul 29, 2012 4:50 am

It looks like the Beagle bone sees the device. I ran dmesg and found this in the output../.


[ 0.731021] usb 1-1: New USB device found, idVendor=0bda, idProduct=8176
[ 0.731042] usb 1-1: New USB device strings: Mfr=1, Product=2, SerialNumber=3
[ 0.731056] usb 1-1: Product: 802.11n WLAN Adapter
[ 0.731067] usb 1-1: Manufacturer: 802.11n WLPN Adapter
[ 0.731078] usb 1-1: SerialNumber: 00e04c000001
[ 6.470277] EXT4-fs (mmcblk0p2): recovery complete
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Re: BeagleBone + WiFi - fail

by Bob Belleville on Sun Jul 29, 2012 8:10 pm

Much the same problem. I did get it to work exactly once
using test-connman. But only once. Now no go.
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Re: BeagleBone + WiFi - fail

by Bob Belleville on Mon Jul 30, 2012 4:43 pm

For the 'Monoprice' USB2.0 Wireless 802.11N
purchased at ada:

Followed the tutorial at ada.
Wifi didn't work.

reboot

then proceed as follows:

login as: root
root@192.168.0.12's password:
root@dhcppc11:~# iwlist scan
wlan0 Scan completed :
Cell 01 - Address: 00:09:5B:F8:81:68
Channel:6
Frequency:2.437 GHz (Channel 6)
Quality=58/70 Signal level=-52 dBm
Encryption key:on
ESSID:"dbros"
Bit Rates:1 Mb/s; 2 Mb/s; 5.5 Mb/s; 11 Mb/s
Bit Rates:6 Mb/s; 9 Mb/s; 12 Mb/s; 18 Mb/s; 24 Mb/s
36 Mb/s; 48 Mb/s; 54 Mb/s
Mode:Master
Extra:tsf=000001cfdcb1c01a
Extra: Last beacon: 310ms ago
IE: Unknown: 00056462726F73
IE: Unknown: 010482848B96
IE: Unknown: 030106
IE: Unknown: 2A0100
IE: Unknown: 32080C1218243048606C
IE: WPA Version 1
Group Cipher : TKIP
Pairwise Ciphers (1) : TKIP
Authentication Suites (1) : PSK
IE: Unknown: 0706555320010B1E

root@dhcppc11:~# iwconfig wlan0
wlan0 IEEE 802.11bgn ESSID:off/any
Mode:Managed Access Point: Not-Associated Tx-Power=20 dBm
Retry long limit:7 RTS thr=2347 B Fragment thr:off
Encryption key:off
Power Management:off

root@dhcppc11:~# /usr/lib/connman/test/test-connman services
* Wired { ethernet_0018319031f5_cable }
* dbros { wifi_009e959b604d_6462726f73_managed_psk }

root@dhcppc11:~# /usr/lib/connman/test/test-connman connect wifi_009e959b604d_6462726f73_managed_psk

------------------- this command worked and now the wifi is up ---------------------------------------------------

root@dhcppc11:~# iwlist scan
wlan0 Scan completed :
Cell 01 - Address: 00:09:5B:F8:81:68
Channel:6
Frequency:2.437 GHz (Channel 6)
Quality=56/70 Signal level=-54 dBm
Encryption key:on
ESSID:"dbros"
Bit Rates:1 Mb/s; 2 Mb/s; 5.5 Mb/s; 11 Mb/s
Bit Rates:6 Mb/s; 9 Mb/s; 12 Mb/s; 18 Mb/s; 24 Mb/s
36 Mb/s; 48 Mb/s; 54 Mb/s
Mode:Master
Extra:tsf=000001cfe36b8a40
Extra: Last beacon: 310ms ago
IE: Unknown: 00056462726F73
IE: Unknown: 010482848B96
IE: Unknown: 030106
IE: Unknown: 2A0100
IE: Unknown: 32080C1218243048606C
IE: WPA Version 1
Group Cipher : TKIP
Pairwise Ciphers (1) : TKIP
Authentication Suites (1) : PSK
IE: Unknown: 0706555320010B1E

root@dhcppc11:~# date
Mon Jul 30 16:46:28 UTC 2012

root@dhcppc11:~# iwlist scan
wlan0 Scan completed :
Cell 01 - Address: 00:09:5B:F8:81:68
Channel:6
Frequency:2.437 GHz (Channel 6)
Quality=32/70 Signal level=-78 dBm
Encryption key:on
ESSID:"dbros"
Bit Rates:1 Mb/s; 2 Mb/s; 5.5 Mb/s; 11 Mb/s
Bit Rates:6 Mb/s; 9 Mb/s; 12 Mb/s; 18 Mb/s; 24 Mb/s
36 Mb/s; 48 Mb/s; 54 Mb/s
Mode:Master
Extra:tsf=000001d090dc8ccb
Extra: Last beacon: 310ms ago
IE: Unknown: 00056462726F73
IE: Unknown: 010482848B96
IE: Unknown: 030106
IE: Unknown: 2A0100
IE: Unknown: 32080C1218243048606C
IE: WPA Version 1
Group Cipher : TKIP
Pairwise Ciphers (1) : TKIP
Authentication Suites (1) : PSK
IE: Unknown: 0706555320010B1E

root@dhcppc11:~# iwconfig wlan0
wlan0 IEEE 802.11bgn ESSID:"dbros"
Mode:Managed Frequency:2.437 GHz Access Point: 00:09:5B:F8:81:68
Bit Rate=54 Mb/s Tx-Power=20 dBm
Retry long limit:7 RTS thr=2347 B Fragment thr:off
Encryption key:off
Power Management:off
Link Quality=32/70 Signal level=-78 dBm
Rx invalid nwid:0 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid frag:0
Tx excessive retries:0 Invalid misc:402 Missed beacon:0

root@dhcppc11:~# ifconfig
wlan0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:9E:95:9B:60:4D
inet addr:192.168.0.5 Bcast:192.168.0.255 Mask:255.255.255.0
inet6 addr: fe80::29e:95ff:fe9b:604d/64 Scope:Link
UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
RX packets:3750 errors:0 dropped:968 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:61 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
RX bytes:524684 (512.3 KiB) TX bytes:11882 (11.6 KiB)

root@dhcppc11:~# date
Mon Jul 30 17:44:38 UTC 2012

root@dhcppc11:~# date
Mon Jul 30 19:28:43 UTC 2012

root@dhcppc11:~# /usr/lib/connman/test/test-connman services
* Wired { ethernet_0018319031f5_cable }
root@dhcppc11:~# iwconfig wlan0
wlan0 IEEE 802.11bgn ESSID:off/any
Mode:Managed Access Point: Not-Associated Tx-Power=20 dBm
Retry long limit:7 RTS thr=2347 B Fragment thr:off
Encryption key:off
Power Management:off

root@dhcppc11:~#

So it works for a short while then just quits.

A reboot will be
needed to get things going again. Also note that the signal
level is quite low even though the BB is in the same room as
the access point and my Kindle Fire shows -45dBm when this
adaptor shows -78dBm at the same point in the room.

So as it is, this adaptor and perhaps some of the related software seems
useless.
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Re: BeagleBone + WiFi - fail

by adafruit on Mon Jul 30, 2012 4:45 pm

we'll take a look at it - this family of wifi adapters worked great for quite a while so not sure what changed lately to make them finicky
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Re: BeagleBone + WiFi - fail

by t0x0By on Tue Jul 31, 2012 4:50 am

Hi, I've been playing around with WiFi too, and I found a weird issue where connman doesn't like auto-connecting if ethernet is also plugged in. Try turning it off, and powering it up with only WiFi connected, see if it works. Would be good to find a real solution to this though.
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Re: BeagleBone + WiFi - fail

by adafruit on Tue Jul 31, 2012 11:23 am

Yeah its not clear if its connman thats the problem or the module
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Re: BeagleBone + WiFi - fail

by bickhardt on Tue Jul 31, 2012 2:16 pm

I do not know what Bob did to get that far (even though I have seen a result with iwlist once).

I have the latest Angstrom (opkg upgrade a couple of hours ago).

I get from dmesg:
...
[ 0.742136] usb 1-1: New USB device found, idVendor=0bda, idProduct=8176
[ 0.742158] usb 1-1: New USB device strings: Mfr=1, Product=2, SerialNumber=3
[ 0.742173] usb 1-1: Product: 802.11n WLAN Adapter
[ 0.742184] usb 1-1: Manufacturer: 802.11n WLPN Adapter
[ 0.742195] usb 1-1: SerialNumber: 00e04c000001
...

[ 10.864907] rtl8192cu: MAC address: 00:9e:95:9b:5b:d9
[ 10.864947] rtl8192cu: Board Type 0
[ 13.375372] rtlwifi: rx_max_size 15360, rx_urb_num 8, in_ep 1
[ 14.067234] ieee80211 phy0: Selected rate control algorithm 'rtl_rc'
[ 14.068355] usbcore: registered new interface driver rtl8192cu
[ 14.128211] rtl8192cu: MAC auto ON okay!
[ 14.159262] rtl8192cu: Tx queue select: 0x05
[ 14.160672] rtl8192c_common: Loading firmware file rtlwifi/rtl8192cufw.bin
[ 14.701124] ADDRCONF(NETDEV_UP): wlan0: link is not ready
...

[ 599.032102] rtl8192cu: MAC auto ON okay!
[ 599.078648] rtl8192cu: Tx queue select: 0x05
[ 599.080051] rtl8192c_common: Loading firmware file rtlwifi/rtl8192cufw.bin
[ 599.690886] ADDRCONF(NETDEV_UP): wlan0: link is not ready

ifconfig is as posted above without inet
later ifconfig and iw* never return to command line when called; they hang!

connman-test ./get-services returns blank line

no, the ethernet cable is removed and there is a 2000mA support
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Re: BeagleBone + WiFi - fail

by bickhardt on Tue Jul 31, 2012 2:21 pm

that was also with the monoprice mini dongle bought from Adafruit!
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Re: BeagleBone + WiFi - fail

by bickhardt on Tue Jul 31, 2012 2:36 pm

ok, my fault there was some leftover from the various tries:

mv /etc/network/interfaces /etc/network/interfaces.x

did the trick!

root@beaglebone:~# iwlist wlan0 scanning
wlan0 Scan completed :
Cell 01 - Address: C0:25:06:3B:CA:64
Channel:8
Frequency:2.447 GHz (Channel 8)
Quality=39/70 Signal level=-71 dBm
...

[ 453.592805] rtl8192cu: Tx queue select: 0x05
[ 453.594126] rtl8192c_common: Loading firmware file rtlwifi/rtl8192cufw.bin
[ 454.120763] ADDRCONF(NETDEV_UP): wlan0: link is not ready

so, still no inet address:
root@beaglebone:~# iwconfig wlan0
wlan0 IEEE 802.11bgn ESSID:off/any
Mode:Managed Access Point: Not-Associated Tx-Power=20 dBm
Retry long limit:7 RTS thr=2347 B Fragment thr:off
Encryption key:off
Power Management:off

root@beaglebone:~# ifconfig wlan0
wlan0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:9E:95:9B:5B:D9
UP BROADCAST MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
RX bytes:0 (0.0 B) TX bytes:0 (0.0 B)

root@beaglebone:/usr/lib/connman/test# ./get-services
[ /net/connman/service/ethernet_505663c982e8_cable ]
IPv6.Configuration = { Method=auto Privacy=disabled }
...
IPv4.Configuration = { Method=dhcp }

[ /net/connman/service/wifi_...447487a_managed_psk ]
IPv6.Configuration = { Method=auto Privacy=disabled }
AutoConnect = false
Strength = 45
Name = champs des aulnes 2,4GHz
Nameservers = [ ]
Provider = { }
Favorite = false
Domains.Configuration = [ ]
State = idle
Proxy = { }
Nameservers.Configuration = [ ]
IPv4 = { }
IPv6 = { }
Domains = [ ]
Ethernet = { Interface=wlan0 Method=auto Address=00:9E:95:9B:5B:D9 }
Security = [ psk wps ]
Proxy.Configuration = { }
Type = wifi
Immutable = false
IPv4.Configuration = { Method=dhcp }

what is missing to get an IP-address via dhcp?
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Re: BeagleBone + WiFi - fail

by bickhardt on Tue Jul 31, 2012 2:41 pm

so, all the fields are empty:

Nameservers = [ ]
Favorite = false
Domains.Configuration = [ ]
State = idle
Proxy = { }
Nameservers.Configuration = [ ]
IPv4 = { }
Domains = [ ]

whereas the wired connection has:

Nameservers = [ 192.168.16.99 ]
Favorite = true
Domains.Configuration = [ ]
State = online
Proxy = { Method=direct }
Nameservers.Configuration = [ ]
IPv4 = { Netmask=255.255.255.0 Gateway=192.168.16.99 Method=dhcp Address=192.168.16.117 }
Domains = [ fritz.box ]

But how and where do I have to set this?
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Re: BeagleBone + WiFi - fail

by bickhardt on Tue Jul 31, 2012 2:57 pm

after some time and also after reboot (actually the eth-cable was in there, so repeat with USB only):

root@beaglebone:/usr/lib/connman/test# iwconfig wlan0
wlan0 IEEE 802.11bgn ESSID:off/any
Mode:Managed Access Point: Not-Associated Tx-Power=20 dBm
Retry long limit:7 RTS thr=2347 B Fragment thr:off
Encryption key:off
Power Management:off

root@beaglebone:/usr/lib/connman/test# iwlist wlan0 scanning
wlan0 No scan results

root@beaglebone:/usr/lib/connman/test# ./get-services
root@beaglebone:/usr/lib/connman/test#

same as before: so sometime it works partially, sometimes not! NO FUN !!!
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