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Guide to Compile and use USB WLan Adapter

We are using DLink DWL G 122 Rev C (Available in India).

If you are using 2.6.10 Kernel then you need ZHENG patch. Search the Mail Archive for ZHENG patch Download the diff from this message and apply it.

If you are using 2.6.21 Kernel, it works as it is, no patch is required but you need to enable wlan. I've tested it by directly connecting to the board, connecting through a Powered Hub (Tested with USB Flash Drive and WLan connected at the same time).

Build Instructions for Kernel

  • make menuconfig
  • Device Drivers -> Generic Device Options -> Enable Hot plug Firmware loading.

Make sure that USB is enabled in the host mode and jumper on the board is set to host.

  • Networking -> Enable Generic 802.11 and Enable WEP/Other Schemes you might need.
  • Rebuild the kernel

Building the RTL Driver

Step 1: Goto Download and extract the latest rt73 Driver Source.

Step 2: Export the KERNDIR Path

export KERNDIR=/workdir/lsp/ti-davinci/

Step 3: Export the build Path

export PATH=/opt/mv_pro_4.0/montavista/pro/devkit/arm/v5t_le/bin:/opt/mv_pro_4.0/montavista/pro/bin:$PATH

Step 4:

cd /home/ralink/rt73-cvs-2007070309/Module

Step 5:

make ARCH=arm CROSS_COMPILE=arm_v5t_le- arm

In some cases you might get a compile error in rtusb_data.c:1950 when this happens you need to fix the code skb->mac_header = skb->data;

          skb->dev = pAd->net_dev;
          memcpy(skb_put(skb, pRxD->DataByteCnt), pHeader, pRxD->DataByteCnt);
          //skb_reset_mac_header(skb); //ORIGINAL
          skb->mac_header = skb->data; //FIX
          skb->pkt_type = PACKET_OTHERHOST;
          skb->pkt_type = PACKET_OTHERHOST;
          skb->protocol = htons(ETH_P_802_2);
          skb->ip_summed = CHECKSUM_NONE;

Step 6: Copy the ko to the target

cp ./rt73.ko /dvevm/nfs/home/

Step 7: This is Important! Copy the rt73.bin from the build directory to /lib/firmware on the target DVEVM.

Once this is done you are all set to use the driver.

On the target

 insmod rt73

Insert the USB Wlan adapter, this should be detected and the driver loaded. If this does not just reboot the EVM and insert the Adapter again.

If you get some Ep0 errors this means that the You did not apply the Zheng Patch. If you get some firmware error make sure you enabled the hotplug during kernel menuconfig.

If everything was ok then run the following command.

 ifconfig wlan0 up
 iwlist wlan0 scan

This should list the Access points

Then you can attach to the AP using

iwconfig wlan0 essid [APNAME] key [KEY]

Using DHCP

 dhcpcd -n wlan0


 ifconfig wlan0 netmask broadcast up

Best of Luck.