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  1. #261

    Progress Update

    A milestone has been reached. It has taken a while, but a compiled ar6000.ko device driver is now semi-working. This has been delayed by what was the seemingly simple precedent task of updating the mitigation script taking until last week. Also, the whole poky, bitbake recipe thing and insanely long paths were just daunting.

    The driver provides a working connection that plays music. When used with the original firmware, it complains about not allowed ioctls used by iwconfig, hesitating, then reporting 0 signal strength, noise and other statistics. It returns all zeros to the wmiconfig ľgetTargetStats, and other oddities. Also Squeezeplay reports "no link," although it shows connections to myscqueezebox.com and the local LMS. The Squeezeplay ui is sluggish, although top reported the usual ~60% cpu. Also, the radio was having trouble finding the remote -65 dBm access point despite any "full reset" of unloading and reloading the driver. This has not happened before, although it may be a coincidence. Interestingly, wmiconfig --version does work, reporting:
    Driver Rev = 0x22010097(2.2.1.151), ROM Rev = 0x20000188(2.0.0.392), Firmware Rev = 0x2102003e(2.1.2.62)

    The mitigation script calls iwconfig, resulting in irritating serial console messages, so a new logging script gaplog.sh was created to just log outages and recoveries. The affected radio has both a serial and Ethernet connection, so a wlan failure is no problem, and will be monitored and compared to the other radios for outages, and possible recovery measures that work.

    Now that the host software is compiled and can be debugged, a more thorough investigation into the wireless connectivity loss root causes and early mitigation strategies can be made. First, though, the compiled driver has to be made 100% compatible with the hardware and Squeezeplay, and, perhaps, with the mitigation script.

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    Has anyone else had issues with updating the radios and now it wont turn off? With any update of these updates afterwards I've had to factory restore to fix not being able to turn it off. any ideas?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kllngtme View Post
    Has anyone else had issues with updating the radios and now it wont turn off? With any update of these updates afterwards I've had to factory restore to fix not being able to turn it off. any ideas?
    Do you have the custom clock applet installed? I've had to reinstall that applet after a firmware update to get the superdatetime screensaver to work. Before the reinstall it behaves as if the radio can't turn off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robho View Post
    Do you have the custom clock applet installed? I've had to reinstall that applet after a firmware update to get the superdatetime screensaver to work. Before the reinstall it behaves as if the radio can't turn off.
    Thank you! That was it. Good catch!

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    okay, so one more thing I wanted to throw out there. Has anyone else had wifi issues trying to connect to a hidden SSID since the community firmware updates have been applied? I saw something done with the wpa configs in the radios but I wasn't sure what it meant exactly.

    My problem is that the radios just disconnect off the wifi. The wifi logo will go blue sometimes and or red completely. Signal strength isn't the issue. I'm noticing the radios seem to continue seeing my non hidden SSID's but the hidden SSID seems to show no signal when the radio gets disconnected. I can connect to my non hidden SSID it seems though so I'm thinking it's just an issue with connecting to hidden SSID's? Anyone else had anything similar?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kllngtme View Post
    okay, so one more thing I wanted to throw out there. Has anyone else had wifi issues trying to connect to a hidden SSID since the community firmware updates have been applied? I saw something done with the wpa configs in the radios but I wasn't sure what it meant exactly.

    My problem is that the radios just disconnect off the wifi. The wifi logo will go blue sometimes and or red completely. Signal strength isn't the issue. I'm noticing the radios seem to continue seeing my non hidden SSID's but the hidden SSID seems to show no signal when the radio gets disconnected. I can connect to my non hidden SSID it seems though so I'm thinking it's just an issue with connecting to hidden SSID's? Anyone else had anything similar?
    I think but I could be wrong that hidden SSIDs have always been an issue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slartibartfast View Post
    I think but I could be wrong that hidden SSIDs have always been an issue.

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    and hidden SSIDs provide no security anyhow. They are accessible to anyone with the right free software.
    Home: Pi4B-8GB/pCP7.x/4TB>LMS 8.1.x>Transporter, Touch, Boom, Radio (all ethernet)
    Cottage: rPi4B-4GB/pCP7.x/4TB>LMS 8.1.x>Touch>Benchmark DAC I, Boom, Radio w/Battery (Radio WIFI)
    Office: Win10(64)>foobar2000
    The Wild: rPi3B+/pCP7.x/4TB>LMS 8.1.x>hifiberry Dac+Pro (LMS & Squeezelite)
    Controllers: iPhone11 & iPadAir3 (iPeng), CONTROLLER, Material Skin, or SqueezePlay 7.8 on Win10(64)
    Files: Ripping: dbpoweramp > FLAC; Post-rip: mp3tag, PerfectTunes, TuneFusion; Streaming: Spotify

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    Quote Originally Posted by garym View Post
    and hidden SSIDs provide no security anyhow. They are accessible to anyone with the right free software.
    Not for security, I have it hidden so my kids don't try and login to the Music wifi thinking they can get online or try and bypass the kids network.. I didn't want it causing issues. I guess I'll need to reconsider that... I didn't realize hiding it would be an issue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kllngtme View Post
    Not for security, I have it hidden so my kids don't try and login to the Music wifi thinking they can get online or try and bypass the kids network.. I didn't want it causing issues. I guess I'll need to reconsider that... I didn't realize hiding it would be an issue.
    Don't tell them the password

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