Debian Bug report logs - #636119
broadcom-sta-source: Channels 12 and 13 not working

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Package: broadcom-sta-source; Maintainer for broadcom-sta-source is Cyril Lacoux <clacoux@easter-eggs.com>; Source for broadcom-sta-source is src:broadcom-sta.

Reported by: Ralf Jung <ralfjung-e@gmx.de>

Date: Sun, 31 Jul 2011 10:06:01 UTC

Severity: normal

Found in version broadcom-sta/5.100.82.38-2

Forwarded to linux-wlan-client-support-list@broadcom.com

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Report forwarded to debian-bugs-dist@lists.debian.org, ralfjung-e@gmx.de, Cyril Lacoux <clacoux@easter-eggs.com>:
Bug#636119; Package broadcom-sta-source. (Sun, 31 Jul 2011 10:06:04 GMT) Full text and rfc822 format available.

Acknowledgement sent to Ralf Jung <ralfjung-e@gmx.de>:
New Bug report received and forwarded. Copy sent to ralfjung-e@gmx.de, Cyril Lacoux <clacoux@easter-eggs.com>. (Sun, 31 Jul 2011 10:06:10 GMT) Full text and rfc822 format available.

Message #5 received at submit@bugs.debian.org (full text, mbox):

From: Ralf Jung <ralfjung-e@gmx.de>
To: Debian Bug Tracking System <submit@bugs.debian.org>
Subject: broadcom-sta-source: Channels 12 and 13 not working
Date: Sun, 31 Jul 2011 12:03:44 +0200
Package: broadcom-sta-source
Version: 5.100.82.38-2
Severity: normal
Tags: lfs

Currently, broadcom-sta does not support wireless channels exclusively
available in Europe (12, 13) or Japan (14). This is a problem because it means
I can not connect to wireless networks using those channels.

"sudo iwlist eth1 f":
eth1      11 channels in total; available frequencies :
          Channel 01 : 2.412 GHz
          Channel 02 : 2.417 GHz
          Channel 03 : 2.422 GHz
          Channel 04 : 2.427 GHz
          Channel 05 : 2.432 GHz
          Channel 06 : 2.437 GHz
          Channel 07 : 2.442 GHz
          Channel 08 : 2.447 GHz
          Channel 09 : 2.452 GHz
          Channel 10 : 2.457 GHz
          Channel 11 : 2.462 GHz



-- System Information:
Debian Release: wheezy/sid
  APT prefers testing
  APT policy: (500, 'testing')
Architecture: amd64 (x86_64)

Kernel: Linux 2.6.39-2-amd64 (SMP w/2 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=en_GB.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=en_GB.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash

Versions of packages broadcom-sta-source depends on:
ii  bzip2                         1.0.5-6    high-quality block-sorting file co
ii  debhelper                     8.9.3      helper programs for debian/rules
ii  make                          3.81-8.1   An utility for Directing compilati
ii  quilt                         0.48-7     Tool to work with series of patche

Versions of packages broadcom-sta-source recommends:
ii  module-assistant              0.11.4     tool to make module package creati

Versions of packages broadcom-sta-source suggests:
ii  wireless-tools                30~pre9-5  Tools for manipulating Linux Wirel

-- no debconf information




Information forwarded to debian-bugs-dist@lists.debian.org, Cyril Lacoux <clacoux@easter-eggs.com>:
Bug#636119; Package broadcom-sta-source. (Tue, 02 Aug 2011 19:12:03 GMT) Full text and rfc822 format available.

Acknowledgement sent to Geoff Simmons <gsimmons@gsimmons.org>:
Extra info received and forwarded to list. Copy sent to Cyril Lacoux <clacoux@easter-eggs.com>. (Tue, 02 Aug 2011 19:12:03 GMT) Full text and rfc822 format available.

Message #10 received at 636119@bugs.debian.org (full text, mbox):

From: Geoff Simmons <gsimmons@gsimmons.org>
To: Ralf Jung <ralfjung-e@gmx.de>, 636119@bugs.debian.org
Subject: Re: Bug#636119: broadcom-sta-source: Channels 12 and 13 not working
Date: Wed, 3 Aug 2011 05:08:42 +1000
On Sun, Jul 31, 2011 at 12:03:44PM +0200, Ralf Jung wrote:
> Tags: lfs

How does this bug affect support for large files?

> Currently, broadcom-sta does not support wireless channels exclusively
> available in Europe (12, 13) or Japan (14).

Previous hybrid driver README files had a "COMMON ISSUES/QUESTIONS"
section, which included the following (taken from version 5.10.91.9.3):

    Why aren't channels 12 & 13 supported?  The driver only supports the
    default locale setting wich is ROW (Rest Of World) which does not include
    channels 12 or 13.

This section was removed at version 5.60.48.36, its README states:

    + Additional channels in both 2.4 and 5 Ghz bands.

...with channels 12 and 13 being available for use.

With version 5.100.82.38, use of these channels is no longer possible.
Channels 1-11 are reported as available with my BCM4321-based device,
all 14 are available using the b43 driver.

> This is a problem because it means I can not connect to wireless
> networks using those channels.

If your wireless LAN device is supported by the b43 or brcmsmac drivers,
consider using these instead.

Experimental Broadcom N-PHY support in the b43 driver is enabled in
Debian kernel images since linux-2.6 2.6.38-2; downloading firmware for
the BCM4321 and BCM4322 (only PCI ID 14e4:432b currently) was added at
b43-fwcutter 1:014-5.

Geoff




Information forwarded to debian-bugs-dist@lists.debian.org, Cyril Lacoux <clacoux@easter-eggs.com>:
Bug#636119; Package broadcom-sta-source. (Tue, 02 Aug 2011 19:45:02 GMT) Full text and rfc822 format available.

Acknowledgement sent to Ralf Jung <ralfjung-e@gmx.de>:
Extra info received and forwarded to list. Copy sent to Cyril Lacoux <clacoux@easter-eggs.com>. (Tue, 02 Aug 2011 19:45:03 GMT) Full text and rfc822 format available.

Message #15 received at 636119@bugs.debian.org (full text, mbox):

From: Ralf Jung <ralfjung-e@gmx.de>
To: Geoff Simmons <gsimmons@gsimmons.org>
Cc: 636119@bugs.debian.org
Subject: Re: Bug#636119: broadcom-sta-source: Channels 12 and 13 not working
Date: Tue, 2 Aug 2011 21:40:34 +0200
Hi.

> On Sun, Jul 31, 2011 at 12:03:44PM +0200, Ralf Jung wrote:
> > Tags: lfs
> 
> How does this bug affect support for large files?
Sorry - I just hit "Enter" in the corresponding reportbug dialogue, without 
selecting anything. I will use the mouse for that in future.
How can I remove that flag again?

> Previous hybrid driver README files had a "COMMON ISSUES/QUESTIONS"
> section, which included the following (taken from version 5.10.91.9.3):
> 
>     Why aren't channels 12 & 13 supported?  The driver only supports the
>     default locale setting wich is ROW (Rest Of World) which does not
> include channels 12 or 13.
> 
> This section was removed at version 5.60.48.36, its README states:
> 
>     + Additional channels in both 2.4 and 5 Ghz bands.
> 
> ...with channels 12 and 13 being available for use.
> 
> With version 5.100.82.38, use of these channels is no longer possible.
Since I could not find any notice of that removal in the changelog, I assume it 
happened accidentally?

> If your wireless LAN device is supported by the b43 or brcmsmac drivers,
> consider using these instead.
I used the b43 driver before, with Kubuntu 10.10 as distribution. However 
there were various issues, the biggest one being 10-second-freezes of the 
whole machine on boot and after resume from suspend-to-RAM. Switching to the 
broadcom driver fixed those issues. Last time I checked, my device [14e4:4315] 
was listed as "partially supported" or similar.

Kind regards,
Ralf




Information forwarded to debian-bugs-dist@lists.debian.org, Cyril Lacoux <clacoux@easter-eggs.com>:
Bug#636119; Package broadcom-sta-source. (Tue, 02 Aug 2011 20:27:05 GMT) Full text and rfc822 format available.

Acknowledgement sent to Geoff Simmons <gsimmons@gsimmons.org>:
Extra info received and forwarded to list. Copy sent to Cyril Lacoux <clacoux@easter-eggs.com>. (Tue, 02 Aug 2011 20:27:05 GMT) Full text and rfc822 format available.

Message #20 received at 636119@bugs.debian.org (full text, mbox):

From: Geoff Simmons <gsimmons@gsimmons.org>
To: Ralf Jung <ralfjung-e@gmx.de>, 636119@bugs.debian.org
Cc: control@bugs.debian.org
Subject: Re: Bug#636119: broadcom-sta-source: Channels 12 and 13 not working
Date: Wed, 3 Aug 2011 06:25:31 +1000
tags 636119 -lfs
thanks

On Tue, Aug 02, 2011 at 09:40:34PM +0200, Ralf Jung wrote:
> How can I remove that flag again?

It's done.

> Since I could not find any notice of that removal in the changelog, I
> assume it happened accidentally?

Or intentionally (by upstream), but left undocumented.

> I used the b43 driver before, with Kubuntu 10.10 as distribution.
[...]
> Last time I checked, my device [14e4:4315] was listed as "partially
> supported" or similar.

Some systems with LP-PHY devices (e.g. BCM4312) experienced DMA errors
with the b43 driver.  This was corrected at Linux 3.0, which should
migrate to testing in a few days.

Geoff




Removed tag(s) lfs. Request was from Geoff Simmons <gsimmons@gsimmons.org> to control@bugs.debian.org. (Tue, 02 Aug 2011 20:27:12 GMT) Full text and rfc822 format available.

Information forwarded to debian-bugs-dist@lists.debian.org, Cyril Lacoux <clacoux@easter-eggs.com>:
Bug#636119; Package broadcom-sta-source. (Wed, 03 Aug 2011 12:45:06 GMT) Full text and rfc822 format available.

Acknowledgement sent to Ralf Jung <ralfjung-e@gmx.de>:
Extra info received and forwarded to list. Copy sent to Cyril Lacoux <clacoux@easter-eggs.com>. (Wed, 03 Aug 2011 12:45:07 GMT) Full text and rfc822 format available.

Message #27 received at 636119@bugs.debian.org (full text, mbox):

From: Ralf Jung <ralfjung-e@gmx.de>
To: Geoff Simmons <gsimmons@gsimmons.org>
Cc: 636119@bugs.debian.org
Subject: Re: Bug#636119: broadcom-sta-source: Channels 12 and 13 not working
Date: Wed, 3 Aug 2011 14:18:03 +0200
Hi,

> Or intentionally (by upstream), but left undocumented.
I'm going to send an email to the address they mention on their website and CC 
this bug.

> Some systems with LP-PHY devices (e.g. BCM4312) experienced DMA errors
> with the b43 driver.  This was corrected at Linux 3.0, which should
> migrate to testing in a few days.
Okay, I will give the b43 driver a try after a successful upgrade to Linux 
3.0.

Kind regards,
Ralf




Information forwarded to debian-bugs-dist@lists.debian.org, Cyril Lacoux <clacoux@easter-eggs.com>:
Bug#636119; Package broadcom-sta-source. (Wed, 03 Aug 2011 12:51:08 GMT) Full text and rfc822 format available.

Acknowledgement sent to Ralf Jung <ralfjung-e@gmx.de>:
Extra info received and forwarded to list. Copy sent to Cyril Lacoux <clacoux@easter-eggs.com>. (Wed, 03 Aug 2011 12:51:09 GMT) Full text and rfc822 format available.

Message #32 received at 636119@bugs.debian.org (full text, mbox):

From: Ralf Jung <ralfjung-e@gmx.de>
To: linux-wlan-client-support-list@broadcom.com
Cc: 636119@bugs.debian.org
Subject: Wireless channels 12 and 13
Date: Wed, 3 Aug 2011 14:23:56 +0200
Hello,

I am using version 5.100.82.38 of the Broadcom STA driver for Linux, to use 
the broadcom wireless chipset built into my laptop. However, using that driver 
I am unable to connect to wireless networks that use channels 12 or 13. This 
is confirmed by "sudo iwlist eth1 f":
eth1      11 channels in total; available frequencies :
          Channel 01 : 2.412 GHz
          Channel 02 : 2.417 GHz
          Channel 03 : 2.422 GHz
          Channel 04 : 2.427 GHz
          Channel 05 : 2.432 GHz
          Channel 06 : 2.437 GHz
          Channel 07 : 2.442 GHz
          Channel 08 : 2.447 GHz
          Channel 09 : 2.452 GHz
          Channel 10 : 2.457 GHz
          Channel 11 : 2.462 GHz
According to the documentation, support for "Additional channels in both 2.4 
and 5 Ghz bands" has been added with version 5.60.48.36. However, that either 
does not work properly on my laptop, or support has been removed again in a 
later version.
Is there anything I need to do to enable these additional channels?


relevant lspci -nn output:
06:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Broadcom Corporation BCM4312 802.11b/g LP-
PHY [14e4:4315] (rev 01)


Any help would be appreciated,
Ralf Jung
(I am not subscribed to the "linux-wlan-client-support-list", so please CC me 
in replies)




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