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USB Wifi on Venus OS on RPi

Hi,

I've bought and Edimax AC600 EW-7811UTC dual band USB WiFi adapter for my RPi 3B+ in the hope of improving it's wireless range.

It appears that Venos OS does not recognise this adapter.

I found a lot of old posts with people asking for Victron to update the list of supported adapters as a lot are no longer available.

The Edimax adapters, amongst others, are very popular in the RPi community; so there is plenty of support out there on Raspian, etc.

Has anyone has any luck getting or other similar models working?


I'm on VOS v2.89


Thanks in advance....

Ben.

Venus OSRaspberry Piwifi
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dmesg output with the section related to the USB adapter in bold.


root@raspberrypi2:~# dmesg
[    0.000000] Booting Linux on physical CPU 0x0
[    0.000000] Linux version 4.19.81-v7 (oe-user@oe-host) (gcc version 9.3.0 (GC                                          C)) #1 SMP Fri Jul 15 12:28:58 UTC 2022
[    0.000000] CPU: ARMv7 Processor [410fd034] revision 4 (ARMv7), cr=10c5383d
[    0.000000] CPU: div instructions available: patching division code
[    0.000000] CPU: PIPT / VIPT nonaliasing data cache, VIPT aliasing instructio                                          n cache
[    0.000000] OF: fdt: Machine model: Raspberry Pi 3 Model B Plus Rev 1.3
[    0.000000] Memory policy: Data cache writealloc
[    0.000000] cma: Reserved 8 MiB at 0x3ac00000
[    0.000000] On node 0 totalpages: 242688
[    0.000000]   Normal zone: 2133 pages used for memmap
[    0.000000]   Normal zone: 0 pages reserved
[    0.000000]   Normal zone: 242688 pages, LIFO batch:63
[    0.000000] random: get_random_bytes called from start_kernel+0xb0/0x4c0 with                                           crng_init=0
[    0.000000] percpu: Embedded 16 pages/cpu s36684 r8192 d20660 u65536
[    0.000000] pcpu-alloc: s36684 r8192 d20660 u65536 alloc=16*4096
[    0.000000] pcpu-alloc: [0] 0 [0] 1 [0] 2 [0] 3
[    0.000000] Built 1 zonelists, mobility grouping on.  Total pages: 240555
[    0.000000] Kernel command line: coherent_pool=1M 8250.nr_uarts=1 bcm2708_fb.                                          fbwidth=800 bcm2708_fb.fbheight=480 bcm2708_fb.fbswap=1 vc_mem.mem_base=0x3ec000                                          00 vc_mem.mem_size=0x40000000  dwc_otg.lpm_enable=0 console=ttyAMA0,115200 root=                                          /dev/mmcblk0p3 rootwait
[    0.000000] Dentry cache hash table entries: 131072 (order: 7, 524288 bytes)
[    0.000000] Inode-cache hash table entries: 65536 (order: 6, 262144 bytes)
[    0.000000] Memory: 939072K/970752K available (8192K kernel code, 653K rwdata                                          , 2248K rodata, 1024K init, 820K bss, 23488K reserved, 8192K cma-reserved)
[    0.000000] Virtual kernel memory layout:
[    0.000000]     vector  : 0xffff0000 - 0xffff1000   (   4 kB)
[    0.000000]     fixmap  : 0xffc00000 - 0xfff00000   (3072 kB)
[    0.000000]     vmalloc : 0xbb800000 - 0xff800000   (1088 MB)
[    0.000000]     lowmem  : 0x80000000 - 0xbb400000   ( 948 MB)
[    0.000000]     modules : 0x7f000000 - 0x80000000   (  16 MB)
[    0.000000]       .text : 0x(ptrval) - 0x(ptrval)   (9184 kB)
[    0.000000]       .init : 0x(ptrval) - 0x(ptrval)   (1024 kB)
[    0.000000]       .data : 0x(ptrval) - 0x(ptrval)   ( 654 kB)
[    0.000000]        .bss : 0x(ptrval) - 0x(ptrval)   ( 821 kB)
[    0.000000] SLUB: HWalign=64, Order=0-3, MinObjects=0, CPUs=4, Nodes=1
[    0.000000] ftrace: allocating 26780 entries in 79 pages
[    0.000000] rcu: Hierarchical RCU implementation.
[    0.000000] NR_IRQS: 16, nr_irqs: 16, preallocated irqs: 16
[    0.000000] arch_timer: cp15 timer(s) running at 19.20MHz (phys).
[    0.000000] clocksource: arch_sys_counter: mask: 0xffffffffffffff max_cycles:                                           0x46d987e47, max_idle_ns: 440795202767 ns
[    0.000007] sched_clock: 56 bits at 19MHz, resolution 52ns, wraps every 43980                                          46511078ns
[    0.000022] Switching to timer-based delay loop, resolution 52ns
[    0.000292] Console: colour dummy device 80x30
[    0.000344] Calibrating delay loop (skipped), value calculated using timer fr                                          equency.. 38.40 BogoMIPS (lpj=192000)
[    0.000365] pid_max: default: 32768 minimum: 301
[    0.000692] Mount-cache hash table entries: 2048 (order: 1, 8192 bytes)
[    0.000712] Mountpoint-cache hash table entries: 2048 (order: 1, 8192 bytes)
[    0.001633] CPU: Testing write buffer coherency: ok
[    0.002102] CPU0: thread -1, cpu 0, socket 0, mpidr 80000000
[    0.002756] Setting up static identity map for 0x100000 - 0x10003c
[    0.002907] rcu: Hierarchical SRCU implementation.
[    0.003693] smp: Bringing up secondary CPUs ...
[    0.004535] CPU1: thread -1, cpu 1, socket 0, mpidr 80000001
[    0.005464] CPU2: thread -1, cpu 2, socket 0, mpidr 80000002
[    0.006316] CPU3: thread -1, cpu 3, socket 0, mpidr 80000003
[    0.006439] smp: Brought up 1 node, 4 CPUs
[    0.006468] SMP: Total of 4 processors activated (153.60 BogoMIPS).
[    0.006478] CPU: All CPU(s) started in HYP mode.
[    0.006488] CPU: Virtualization extensions available.
[    0.007444] devtmpfs: initialized
[    0.020408] VFP support v0.3: implementor 41 architecture 3 part 40 variant 3                                           rev 4
[    0.020653] clocksource: jiffies: mask: 0xffffffff max_cycles: 0xffffffff, ma                                          x_idle_ns: 19112604462750000 ns
[    0.020679] futex hash table entries: 1024 (order: 4, 65536 bytes)
[    0.021290] pinctrl core: initialized pinctrl subsystem
[    0.022143] NET: Registered protocol family 16
[    0.024799] DMA: preallocated 1024 KiB pool for atomic coherent allocations
[    0.030227] hw-breakpoint: found 5 (+1 reserved) breakpoint and 4 watchpoint                                           registers.
[    0.030241] hw-breakpoint: maximum watchpoint size is 8 bytes.
[    0.030454] Serial: AMBA PL011 UART driver
[    0.033291] bcm2835-mbox 3f00b880.mailbox: mailbox enabled
[    0.067752] bcm2835-dma 3f007000.dma: DMA legacy API manager at (ptrval), dma                                          chans=0x1
[    0.069393] SCSI subsystem initialized
[    0.069624] usbcore: registered new interface driver usbfs
[    0.069689] usbcore: registered new interface driver hub
[    0.069801] usbcore: registered new device driver usb
[    0.090099] raspberrypi-firmware soc:firmware: Attached to firmware from 2019                                          -09-24 17:37, variant start
[    0.100332] raspberrypi-firmware soc:firmware: Firmware hash is 6820edeee4ef3                                          891b95fc01cf02a7abd7ca52f17
[    0.111522] clocksource: Switched to clocksource arch_sys_counter
[    0.199459] VFS: Disk quotas dquot_6.6.0
[    0.199551] VFS: Dquot-cache hash table entries: 1024 (order 0, 4096 bytes)
[    0.199745] FS-Cache: Loaded
[    0.199962] CacheFiles: Loaded
[    0.200119] simple-framebuffer 3ea81000.framebuffer: framebuffer at 0x3ea8100                                          0, 0x177000 bytes, mapped to 0x(ptrval)
[    0.200138] simple-framebuffer 3ea81000.framebuffer: format=a8r8g8b8, mode=80                                          0x480x32, linelength=3200
[    0.206936] Console: switching to colour frame buffer device 100x30
[    0.212581] simple-framebuffer 3ea81000.framebuffer: fb0: simplefb registered                                          !
[    0.222473] NET: Registered protocol family 2
[    0.223310] tcp_listen_portaddr_hash hash table entries: 512 (order: 0, 6144                                           bytes)
[    0.223352] TCP established hash table entries: 8192 (order: 3, 32768 bytes)
[    0.223468] TCP bind hash table entries: 8192 (order: 4, 65536 bytes)
[    0.223658] TCP: Hash tables configured (established 8192 bind 8192)
[    0.223794] UDP hash table entries: 512 (order: 2, 16384 bytes)
[    0.223849] UDP-Lite hash table entries: 512 (order: 2, 16384 bytes)
[    0.224095] NET: Registered protocol family 1
[    0.224677] RPC: Registered named UNIX socket transport module.
[    0.224689] RPC: Registered udp transport module.
[    0.224700] RPC: Registered tcp transport module.
[    0.224710] RPC: Registered tcp NFSv4.1 backchannel transport module.
[    0.225870] hw perfevents: enabled with armv7_cortex_a7 PMU driver, 7 counter                                          s available
[    0.228892] Initialise system trusted keyrings
[    0.229094] workingset: timestamp_bits=14 max_order=18 bucket_order=4
[    0.238705] FS-Cache: Netfs 'nfs' registered for caching
[    0.239266] NFS: Registering the id_resolver key type
[    0.239297] Key type id_resolver registered
[    0.239308] Key type id_legacy registered
[    0.239333] nfs4filelayout_init: NFSv4 File Layout Driver Registering...
[    0.241647] Key type asymmetric registered
[    0.241663] Asymmetric key parser 'x509' registered
[    0.241718] Block layer SCSI generic (bsg) driver version 0.4 loaded (major 2                                          50)
[    0.241879] io scheduler noop registered
[    0.241893] io scheduler deadline registered
[    0.242073] io scheduler cfq registered (default)
[    0.242086] io scheduler mq-deadline registered
[    0.242098] io scheduler kyber registered
[    0.244379] bcm2708_fb soc:fb: FB found 1 display(s)
[    0.245596] bcm2708_fb soc:fb: Registered framebuffer for display 0, size 800                                          x480
[    0.246657] Serial: 8250/16550 driver, 1 ports, IRQ sharing enabled
[    0.248382] bcm2835-rng 3f104000.rng: hwrng registered
[    0.248725] vc-mem: phys_addr:0x00000000 mem_base=0x3ec00000 mem_size:0x40000                                          000(1024 MiB)
[    0.249255] vc-sm: Videocore shared memory driver
[    0.249591] gpiomem-bcm2835 3f200000.gpiomem: Initialised: Registers at 0x3f2                                          00000
[    0.260198] brd: module loaded
[    0.269936] loop: module loaded
[    0.270550] Loading iSCSI transport class v2.0-870.
[    0.271222] libphy: Fixed MDIO Bus: probed
[    0.271339] usbcore: registered new interface driver lan78xx
[    0.271402] usbcore: registered new interface driver smsc95xx
[    0.271421] dwc_otg: version 3.00a 10-AUG-2012 (platform bus)
[    0.271706] dwc_otg 3f980000.usb: base=(ptrval)
[    0.471950] Core Release: 2.80a
[    0.471965] Setting default values for core params
[    0.471994] Finished setting default values for core params
[    0.672299] Using Buffer DMA mode
[    0.672311] Periodic Transfer Interrupt Enhancement - disabled
[    0.672321] Multiprocessor Interrupt Enhancement - disabled
[    0.672332] OTG VER PARAM: 0, OTG VER FLAG: 0
[    0.672353] Dedicated Tx FIFOs mode
[    0.672808] WARN::dwc_otg_hcd_init:1043: FIQ DMA bounce buffers: virt = bad14                                          000 dma = 0xfad14000 len=9024
[    0.672837] FIQ FSM acceleration enabled for :
[    0.672837] Non-periodic Split Transactions
[    0.672837] Periodic Split Transactions
[    0.672837] High-Speed Isochronous Endpoints
[    0.672837] Interrupt/Control Split Transaction hack enabled
[    0.672862] dwc_otg: Microframe scheduler enabled
[    0.672922] WARN::hcd_init_fiq:457: FIQ on core 1
[    0.672939] WARN::hcd_init_fiq:458: FIQ ASM at 8068482c length 36
[    0.672955] WARN::hcd_init_fiq:496: MPHI regs_base at bb810000
[    0.672977] dwc_otg 3f980000.usb: DWC OTG Controller
[    0.673014] dwc_otg 3f980000.usb: new USB bus registered, assigned bus number                                           1
[    0.673053] dwc_otg 3f980000.usb: irq 56, io mem 0x00000000
[    0.673104] Init: Port Power? op_state=1
[    0.673113] Init: Power Port (0)
[    0.673366] usb usb1: New USB device found, idVendor=1d6b, idProduct=0002, bc                                          dDevice= 4.19
[    0.673383] usb usb1: New USB device strings: Mfr=3, Product=2, SerialNumber=                                          1
[    0.673397] usb usb1: Product: DWC OTG Controller
[    0.673411] usb usb1: Manufacturer: Linux 4.19.81-v7 dwc_otg_hcd
[    0.673425] usb usb1: SerialNumber: 3f980000.usb
[    0.674012] hub 1-0:1.0: USB hub found
[    0.674062] hub 1-0:1.0: 1 port detected
[    0.674620] dwc_otg: FIQ enabled
[    0.674626] dwc_otg: NAK holdoff enabled
[    0.674631] dwc_otg: FIQ split-transaction FSM enabled
[    0.674642] Module dwc_common_port init
[    0.674909] usbcore: registered new interface driver usb-storage
[    0.675081] mousedev: PS/2 mouse device common for all mice
[    0.675948] bcm2835-wdt bcm2835-wdt: Broadcom BCM2835 watchdog timer
[    0.676133] bcm2835-cpufreq: min=600000 max=1400000
[    0.676597] sdhci: Secure Digital Host Controller Interface driver
[    0.676608] sdhci: Copyright(c) Pierre Ossman
[    0.677001] mmc-bcm2835 3f300000.mmcnr: could not get clk, deferring probe
[    0.677410] sdhost-bcm2835 3f202000.mmc: could not get clk, deferring probe
[    0.677544] sdhci-pltfm: SDHCI platform and OF driver helper
[    0.678966] ledtrig-cpu: registered to indicate activity on CPUs
[    0.679121] hidraw: raw HID events driver (C) Jiri Kosina
[    0.679319] usbcore: registered new interface driver usbhid
[    0.679330] usbhid: USB HID core driver
[    0.680075] vchiq: vchiq_init_state: slot_zero = (ptrval), is_master = 0
[    0.681301] [vc_sm_connected_init]: start
[    0.688570] [vc_sm_connected_init]: end - returning 0
[    0.689633] Initializing XFRM netlink socket
[    0.689662] NET: Registered protocol family 17
[    0.689786] Key type dns_resolver registered
[    0.690103] Registering SWP/SWPB emulation handler
[    0.690715] registered taskstats version 1
[    0.690736] Loading compiled-in X.509 certificates
[    0.698041] uart-pl011 3f201000.serial: cts_event_workaround enabled
[    0.698126] 3f201000.serial: ttyAMA0 at MMIO 0x3f201000 (irq = 81, base_baud                                           = 0) is a PL011 rev2
[    1.708894] console [ttyAMA0] enabled
[    1.714320] 3f215040.serial: ttyS0 at MMIO 0x0 (irq = 53, base_baud = 5000000                                          0) is a 16550
[    1.723690] mmc-bcm2835 3f300000.mmcnr: mmc_debug:0 mmc_debug2:0
[    1.729700] mmc-bcm2835 3f300000.mmcnr: DMA channel allocated
[    1.761683] sdhost: log_buf @ (ptrval) (fad13000)
[    1.801497] mmc1: queuing unknown CIS tuple 0x80 (2 bytes)
[    1.808592] mmc1: queuing unknown CIS tuple 0x80 (3 bytes)
[    1.815663] mmc1: queuing unknown CIS tuple 0x80 (3 bytes)
[    1.821187] mmc0: sdhost-bcm2835 loaded - DMA enabled (>1)
[    1.827991] of_cfs_init
[    1.830513] of_cfs_init: OK
[    1.833823] uart-pl011 3f201000.serial: no DMA platform data
[    1.839750] Waiting for root device /dev/mmcblk0p3...
[    1.865675] Indeed it is in host mode hprt0 = 00021501
[    1.932405] mmc1: queuing unknown CIS tuple 0x80 (7 bytes)
[    1.948357] random: fast init done
[    1.970572] mmc0: host does not support reading read-only switch, assuming wr                                          ite-enable
[    1.981214] mmc0: new high speed SDHC card at address 0001
[    1.987936] mmcblk0: mmc0:0001 JB1RT 29.8 GiB
[    1.994354]  mmcblk0: p1 p2 p3 p4
[    2.025782] mmc1: new high speed SDIO card at address 0001
[    2.029487] EXT4-fs (mmcblk0p3): mounted filesystem with ordered data mode. O                                          pts: (null)
[    2.039456] VFS: Mounted root (ext4 filesystem) readonly on device 179:3.
[    2.047002] devtmpfs: mounted
[    2.054905] Freeing unused kernel memory: 1024K
[    2.071565] usb 1-1: new high-speed USB device number 2 using dwc_otg
[    2.078380] Run /sbin/init as init process
[    2.078475] Indeed it is in host mode hprt0 = 00001101
[    2.321891] usb 1-1: New USB device found, idVendor=0424, idProduct=2514, bcd                                          Device= b.b3
[    2.330087] usb 1-1: New USB device strings: Mfr=0, Product=0, SerialNumber=0
[    2.337899] hub 1-1:1.0: USB hub found
[    2.341781] hub 1-1:1.0: 4 ports detected
[    2.529747] EXT4-fs (mmcblk0p3): re-mounted. Opts: (null)
[    2.661607] usb 1-1.1: new high-speed USB device number 3 using dwc_otg
[    2.742708] FAT-fs (mmcblk0p1): Volume was not properly unmounted. Some data                                           may be corrupt. Please run fsck.
[    2.769658] EXT4-fs (mmcblk0p4): mounted filesystem with ordered data mode. O                                          pts: (null)
[    2.791872] usb 1-1.1: New USB device found, idVendor=0424, idProduct=2514, b                                          cdDevice= b.b3
[    2.800255] usb 1-1.1: New USB device strings: Mfr=0, Product=0, SerialNumber                                          =0
[    2.808376] hub 1-1.1:1.0: USB hub found
[    2.812548] hub 1-1.1:1.0: 3 ports detected
[    2.911596] usb 1-1.2: new full-speed USB device number 4 using dwc_otg
[    2.940560] udevd[129]: starting version 3.2.9
[    2.981987] random: udevd: uninitialized urandom read (16 bytes read)
[    2.989200] random: udevd: uninitialized urandom read (16 bytes read)
[    2.995782] random: udevd: uninitialized urandom read (16 bytes read)
[    3.041320] udevd[130]: starting eudev-3.2.9
[    3.051269] usb 1-1.2: New USB device found, idVendor=10c4, idProduct=ea60, b                                          cdDevice= 1.00
[    3.059706] usb 1-1.2: New USB device strings: Mfr=1, Product=2, SerialNumber                                          =3
[    3.067075] usb 1-1.2: Product: CP2102 USB to UART Bridge Controller
[    3.073476] usb 1-1.2: Manufacturer: Silicon Labs
[    3.078183] usb 1-1.2: SerialNumber: 0001
[    3.151673] usb 1-1.1.3: new full-speed USB device number 5 using dwc_otg
[    3.186742] rpi-ft5406 rpi_ft5406: Probing device
[    3.190851] usbcore: registered new interface driver usbserial_generic
[    3.198856] usbserial: USB Serial support registered for generic
[    3.208772] input: FT5406 memory based driver as /devices/virtual/input/input                                          0
[    3.214116] usbcore: registered new interface driver cp210x
[    3.215270] Driver for 1-wire Dallas network protocol.
[    3.228327] usbserial: USB Serial support registered for cp210x
[    3.228618] gpio-17 (onewire@11): enforced open drain please flag it properly                                           in DT/ACPI DSDT/board file
[    3.245117] cp210x 1-1.2:1.0: cp210x converter detected
[    3.282331] usb 1-1.2: cp210x converter now attached to ttyUSB0
[    3.294825] usb 1-1.1.3: New USB device found, idVendor=10c4, idProduct=ea60,                                           bcdDevice= 1.00
[    3.303462] usb 1-1.1.3: New USB device strings: Mfr=1, Product=2, SerialNumb                                          er=3
[    3.310994] usb 1-1.1.3: Product: CP2102 USB to UART Bridge Controller
[    3.317690] usb 1-1.1.3: Manufacturer: Silicon Labs
[    3.322625] usb 1-1.1.3: SerialNumber: 0001
[    3.340162] cp210x 1-1.1.3:1.0: cp210x converter detected
[    3.349446] usb 1-1.1.3: cp210x converter now attached to ttyUSB1
[    3.391644] usb 1-1.3: new high-speed USB device number 6 using dwc_otg
[    3.412141] vc_sm_cma: module is from the staging directory, the quality is u                                          nknown, you have been warned.
[    3.416972] w1_master_driver w1_bus_master1: Attaching one wire slave 28.3c01                                          f0952677 crc 53
[    3.425972] bcm2835_vc_sm_cma_probe: Videocore shared memory driver
[    3.443727] [vc_sm_connected_init]: start
[    3.454522] [vc_sm_connected_init]: installed successfully
[    3.472963] media: Linux media interface: v0.10
[    3.518265] videodev: Linux video capture interface: v2.00
[    3.524890] usb 1-1.3: New USB device found, idVendor=7392, idProduct=a812, b                                          cdDevice= 2.00
[    3.533322] usb 1-1.3: New USB device strings: Mfr=1, Product=2, SerialNumber                                          =3
[    3.540661] usb 1-1.3: Product: Edimax AC600 USB
[    3.545381] usb 1-1.3: Manufacturer: Realtek
[    3.549672] usb 1-1.3: SerialNumber: 00e04c000001
[    3.640102] bcm2835_mmal_vchiq: module is from the staging directory, the qua                                          lity is unknown, you have been warned.
[    3.640510] bcm2835_mmal_vchiq: module is from the staging directory, the qua                                          lity is unknown, you have been warned.
[    3.651742] usb 1-1.1.1: new high-speed USB device number 7 using dwc_otg
[    3.692955] bcm2835_v4l2: module is from the staging directory, the quality i                                          s unknown, you have been warned.
[    3.778051] bcm2835_codec: module is from the staging directory, the quality                                           is unknown, you have been warned.
[    3.807617] cfg80211: Loading compiled-in X.509 certificates for regulatory d                                          atabase
[    3.808598] bcm2835-codec bcm2835-codec: Device registered as /dev/video10
[    3.822282] usb 1-1.1.1: New USB device found, idVendor=0424, idProduct=7800,                                           bcdDevice= 3.00
[    3.822894] bcm2835-codec bcm2835-codec: Loaded V4L2 decode
[    3.830889] usb 1-1.1.1: New USB device strings: Mfr=0, Product=0, SerialNumb                                          er=0
[    3.847320] bcm2835-codec bcm2835-codec: Device registered as /dev/video11
[    3.854449] bcm2835-codec bcm2835-codec: Loaded V4L2 encode
[    3.863186] cfg80211: Loaded X.509 cert 'sforshee: 00b28ddf47aef9cea7'
[    3.864175] bcm2835-codec bcm2835-codec: Device registered as /dev/video12
[    3.877421] bcm2835-codec bcm2835-codec: Loaded V4L2 isp
[    4.010304] brcmfmac: F1 signature read @0x18000000=0x15264345
[    4.019385] brcmfmac: brcmf_fw_alloc_request: using brcm/brcmfmac43455-sdio f                                          or chip BCM4345/6
[    4.029504] usbcore: registered new interface driver brcmfmac
[    4.097228] lan78xx 1-1.1.1:1.0 (unnamed net_device) (uninitialized): No Exte                                          rnal EEPROM. Setting MAC Speed
[    4.108895] libphy: lan78xx-mdiobus: probed
[    4.124325] lan78xx 1-1.1.1:1.0 (unnamed net_device) (uninitialized): int urb                                           period 64
[    4.147284] random: crng init done
[    4.150713] random: 2 urandom warning(s) missed due to ratelimiting
[    4.323290] brcmfmac: brcmf_fw_alloc_request: using brcm/brcmfmac43455-sdio f                                          or chip BCM4345/6
[    4.339903] brcmfmac: brcmf_c_preinit_dcmds: Firmware: BCM4345/6 wl0: Jan  4                                           2021 19:56:29 version 7.45.229 (617f1f5 CY) FWID 01-2dbd9d2e
[    4.718652] Bluetooth: Core ver 2.22
[    4.722339] NET: Registered protocol family 31
[    4.726784] Bluetooth: HCI device and connection manager initialized
[    4.733166] Bluetooth: HCI socket layer initialized
[    4.738048] Bluetooth: L2CAP socket layer initialized
[    4.743146] Bluetooth: SCO socket layer initialized
[    4.762353] Bluetooth: HCI UART driver ver 2.3
[    4.766811] Bluetooth: HCI UART protocol H4 registered
[    4.772062] Bluetooth: HCI UART protocol Three-wire (H5) registered
[    4.778532] Bluetooth: HCI UART protocol Broadcom registered
[    4.918109] EXT4-fs (mmcblk0p3): re-mounted. Opts: (null)
[    6.594585] NET: Registered protocol family 10
[    6.600769] Segment Routing with IPv6
[    6.639956] watchdog: watchdog0: watchdog did not stop!
[    6.828338] brcmfmac: power management disabled
[    7.491625] NET: Registered protocol family 38
[    7.530902] cryptd: max_cpu_qlen set to 1000
[    8.668865] IPv6: ADDRCONF(NETDEV_UP): ll-eth0: link is not ready
[    8.933615] device eth0 entered promiscuous mode
[    8.938634] IPv6: ADDRCONF(NETDEV_UP): eth0: link is not ready
[    9.184500] brcmfmac: power management disabled
[    9.201712] IPv6: ADDRCONF(NETDEV_UP): wlan0: link is not ready
[   14.533074] IPv6: ADDRCONF(NETDEV_CHANGE): wlan0: link becomes ready
[   24.200498] EXT4-fs (mmcblk0p2): mounted filesystem with ordered data mode. O                                          pts: (null)
[   24.834427] i2c i2c-1: new_device: Instantiated device ds1307 at 0x68
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johanndo answered ·

There are a few older dongles that work out of the box, but most newer chips don't , despite they claim to be linux supported / Pi supported. They require a recompile of the kernel and the whole toolchain for this. Not available on the VenusOS, as there is no apt to install all this stuff. Most drivers are proprieatary and not open source, so they would likely not be supported out of the box in the future as well without compiling from source.

You can use mini-usb powered router and the LAN port to create additional WiFi networks or use one of the supported ancient dongles.

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benc-ipind answered ·

The EW-8711UTC uses the Realtek RTL8812AU chipset.

This is a very commonly used chipset, like RTL8188; which I believe is supported in Venus OS?

A bit more searching and I came across this thread referring to updating the RTL8188 firmware with opkg when required after and update to Venus OS caused an already working USB WiFi adapter to stop working:

https://community.victronenergy.com/comments/145069/view.html


I use OPKG to load python3 to allow usage of 1-wire temperature sensors.

That lead me to find the OpenWRT source site, which has a searchable database on available packages:

https://openwrt.org/packages/table/start

A search revealed there is an RTL8812 kernel driver available to install, so I'll give that a go tonight and post my results.

Regardless, it would be great if Victron could add more of these very commonly used chipsets into the image as it would significantly improve the support of easily and readily available USB WiFi adapters.


As @JohannDo alluded to, the existing 'supported' adapters are ancient.


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benc-ipind answered ·

A bit more research and I found this EXCELLENT source of info on USB WiFi adapters.

https://github.com/morrownr/USB-WiFi

There are detailed reviews on many, but the core info to take note of is the chipsets that are natively supported in Linux.

Also, there is a shortlist of adapters that 'just work'.

https://github.com/morrownr/USB-WiFi/blob/main/home/The_Short_List.md


There is also detailed info on chipsets that are not natively supported, but can be made work with drivers.


I haven't had a chance yet to try the drivers for the RTL8812AU chipset yet, If it doesn't work, I'll be buying an Alfa AWUS036ACHM as it has very long range capabilities. We aren't chasing high speed throughput on these devices - just reliable WiFi with decent range.


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jeroen avatar image jeroen ♦ commented ·

Good, go testing, if there is a no buggy, no obscure, no out of tree, no weird board firmware dependencies available but one that just always works, let us know. Otherwise, please get a tested one , or you are on your own ;)

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bathnm answered ·

@benc_ipind The RPI VenusOS image has a fairly generic kernel, so any standard well supported USB WIFI adapter shock work. This is the list of WIFI drivers that are available.

mac80211_hwsim.ko
rndis_wlan.ko
ath.ko
ar5523.ko
ath6kl_core.ko
ath6kl_usb.ko
ath9k.ko
ath9k_common.ko
ath9k_htc.ko
ath9k_hw.ko
carl9170.ko
at76c50x-usb.ko
b43.ko
b43legacy.ko
brcmfmac.ko
brcmutil.ko
hostap.ko
p54common.ko
p54usb.ko
libertas.ko
libertas_sdio.ko
usb8xxx.ko
libertas_tf.ko
libertas_tf_usb.ko
mwifiex.ko
mwifiex_sdio.ko
mt76-sdio.ko
mt76-usb.ko
mt76.ko
mt76x02-lib.ko
mt76x02-usb.ko
mt7615-common.ko
mt7663-usb-sdio-common.ko
mt7663s.ko
mt7663u.ko
mt76x0-common.ko
mt76x0u.ko
mt76x2-common.ko
mt76x2u.ko
mt7601u.ko
rt2500usb.ko
rt2800lib.ko
rt2800usb.ko
rt2x00lib.ko
rt2x00usb.ko
rt73usb.ko
rtl8187.ko
rtl8xxxu.ko
rtl_usb.ko
rtlwifi.ko
rtl8192c-common.ko
rtl8192cu.ko
zd1201.ko
zd1211rw.ko


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benc-ipind answered ·

Thanks for that.

Unfortunately, the RTL8812 drivers aren't there and it's due to Realtek (for whatever reason) not complying buy building mac80211 technology drivers; which are the required standard for inclusion in Linux kernels.

I have found some articles on how to build drivers like this one:

https://wiki.gentoo.org/wiki/AC1200_Wireless_Adapters

But it brings more issues, like having to uninstall and reinstall the drivers every time a kernel update happens. :(

So, long story short; I'm going to move to one of the supported Mediatek chipset based adapters (mt76 series) as they are pretty much universally supported by all flavours of UNIX/Linux.

I hope others users see this and it helps them before they go down the rabbit hole I have. I know there are some others that have done the same or similar without getting to the bottom of it.

I saw one user bought 4 different adapters and never worked out the issue. Researching what he had bought, they all had the same (unsupported) chipset.

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