WiFi driver = 10.3.8.0-20181210 in the Lede (openwrt) builds

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dance85
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PostPosted: Thu May 30, 2019 16:49    Post subject: WiFi driver = 10.3.8.0-20181210 in the Lede (openwrt) builds Reply with quote
Hi everyone, for some time I have noticed that Davidc502 has included in its builds of Lede (openwrt) the new wifi driver. I wonder why Brainslayer hasn't done it yet. Will he have noticed this change? What do you think?
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PostPosted: Thu May 30, 2019 19:39    Post subject: Reply with quote
It depends on how new of a driver you're talking about. Back in December, a wifi driver was updated that removed many of the functions which users found useful including packet compression and noise immunity. If there is another driver update, it could be simply because including an update means updating the kernel or modules with said update. If you take a page out of a certain common OSes book, you'll find that each update brings with it its own problems. Only after extensive testing and verification that things work properly should such an update be implemented.
Might I inquire as to how you verified the driver version for the Wi-Fi?

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dance85
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PostPosted: Fri May 31, 2019 0:22    Post subject: Reply with quote
Execute this command:

cat /sys/kernel/debug/ieee80211/phy0/mwlwifi/info

It will show you wifi driver version, info....
d0ug
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 01, 2019 9:08    Post subject: Re: WiFi driver = 10.3.8.0-20181210 in the Lede (openwrt) bu Reply with quote
dance85 wrote:
Hi everyone, for some time I have noticed that Davidc502 has included in its builds of Lede (openwrt) the new wifi driver. I wonder why Brainslayer hasn't done it yet. Will he have noticed this change? What do you think?


Newer isn't always better, especially when it comes to proprietary stuff. You don't put new in just because. You validate it 1st and make sure the negatives don't outweigh the positives.
phinn
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 04, 2019 17:59    Post subject: Re: WiFi driver = 10.3.8.0-20181210 in the Lede (openwrt) bu Reply with quote
DD-WRT and OpenWrt both pull from the mwlwifi open source driver. This driver is 'complete' according to Marvel which means, while these devices have a ton of potential are unlikely to ever improve further according to Wi-Fi. Probably best to avoid Linksys or Marvel products in the future because of this.

There are no really new commits to this project that are useful so you're not missing anything. You can track the project here:

https://github.com/kaloz/mwlwifi/commits/master
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