Re: wl1251 & mac address & calibration data

From: Michal Kazior
Date: Tue Nov 22 2016 - 10:23:04 EST

On 21 November 2016 at 16:51, Pali RohÃr <pali.rohar@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Friday 11 November 2016 18:20:50 Pali RohÃr wrote:
>> Hi! I will open discussion about mac address and calibration data for
>> wl1251 wireless chip again...
>> Problem: Mac address & calibration data for wl1251 chip on Nokia N900
>> are stored on second nand partition (mtd1) in special proprietary format
>> which is used only for Nokia N900 (probably on N8x0 and N9 too).
>> Wireless driver wl1251.ko cannot work without mac address and
>> calibration data.

Same problem applies to some ath9k/ath10k supported routers. Some even
carry mac address as implicit offset from ethernet mac address. As far
as I understand OpenWRT cooks cal blobs on first boot prior to loading

>> Absence of mac address cause that driver generates random mac address at
>> every kernel boot which has couple of problems (unstable identifier of
>> wireless device due to udev permanent storage rules; unpredictable
>> behaviour for dhcp mac address assignment, mac address filtering, ...).
>> Currently there is no way to set (permanent) mac address for network
>> interface from userspace. And it does not make sense to implement in
>> linux kernel large parser for proprietary format of second nand
>> partition where is mac address stored only for one device -- Nokia N900.
>> Driver wl1251.ko loads calibration data via request_firmware() for file
>> wl1251-nvs.bin. There are some "example" calibration file in linux-
>> firmware repository, but it is not suitable for normal usage as real
>> calibration data are per-device specific.

You could hook up a script that cooks up the cal/mac file via
modprobe's install hook, no?