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PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 2005 4:13 pm    Post subject: Starting a dev team for an airport extreme driver Reply with quote

Hey, so I've been following the sourceforger airport extreme driver project and there hasn't been a lot of new activity..E-mail the project leader a while ago offering help but got no response. Personally I'd like to have 802.11g wireless support while in Gentoo and am starting a project to do just that. Figured I'd let everyone here know since I can imagine you would be as interested in the project as I am. If you'd like to offer your help let me know. Thanks.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 2005 6:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Are you going to base your code on the sf project?

How much is left to do currently?
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 2005 6:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you browse the cvs repo for this project http://sourceforge.net/projects/linux-bcom4301/ you can see that some basic functionality has been implimented. As best I can tell they have writen some C code which can interface with the device and get specific info about it, however, the basic functinality has yet to be implemented. Basing the code on the existing project is one way to go, but the real issue at hand is that we need some way to reverse compile some other driver(perhaps the mac OSX driver) to get the specific ports through which the hardware reads and writes (memory addresses where the hardware links physically). Without that it's kinda next to impossible.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 2005 7:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think there exists an mips-asm driver, which is supposed to be translated in "c". IIRC the driver came from linksys's access point, which uses those devices and which firmware is open source. Please correct me, if I'm wrong. :wink:

IIRC that asm driver is translated about 50%...

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2005 9:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

To clear up a few things:

I'm helping to decompile the MIPS driver that came with the WRT45g with the group that started that sourceforge page. The original project leader (who has control of the site) is no longer involved with the project, so the site hasn't been upated in a while. I've applied to take over the site so once it's transfered I'll be posting more information there. Currently the source is almost 56% decompiled in our private CVS.

I'll let everyone know here when there is a working available driver. :)
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2005 9:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Currently the source is almost 56% decompiled in our private CVS.


awesome !
If you need testers just let us know ;)

cheers
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2005 3:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes I'd be willing to test too (when I have the time). I just got shipped a new iBook today (my old one broke so many times apple gave me a new one). I was very disapointed however to find it had an airport extreme card in it. I was planning to blow out OSX and throw Gentoo on there immediatly, but now I may wait, becasue there really is no point to a laptop without wireless.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2005 4:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

for the time being you could try one of these http://www.dlink.com/products/?sec=0&pid=175 . I can't wait, my ibook shoul dbe arriving any day now...is it just me or are these pretty hot hot right now with most computer nerds?
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