[sf-lug] has ubuntu caused me to regress in wifi features?

Michael Shiloh michaelshiloh1010 at gmail.com
Mon Jul 29 16:13:45 PDT 2013


According to downloadcenter.intel.com (search for drivers and linux):

http://wireless.kernel.org/en/users/Drivers/iwlwifi

is good for Intel® Wireless WiFi Link 4965AGN

The download is dated 5/31/2013 which is quite recent


HOWEVER


http://wireless.kernel.org/en/users/Drivers/iwlwifi says that

iwlwifi is the wireless driver for Intel's current wireless chips. For 
older chips, ...  iwlegacy (for Intel® PRO/Wireless 3945ABG and Intel® 
Wireless WiFi Link 4965AGN)

and as you point out, has been so since Linux 2.6.3 which is way before 
the date of the Intel download link above.

I'm very confused.


I could try to uninstall the iwlegacy package and install the iwlwifi 
package and see what happens.

On 07/29/2013 11:38 AM, Rick Moen wrote:
> Quoting Michael Shiloh (michaelshiloh1010 at gmail.com):
>
>> Sorry!
>
> No problem.  I figured it'd be easiest to ask, because the T61p came
> with any of four different wireless cards in its PCIE slot.
>
>> I'm a little confused as to the role of iwl4965 and iwlegacy. I
>> thought they were both drivers. Why do I have both?
>
> Quoting:
>
>      iwl3945 and iwl4965 are modules produced by the iwlegacy Linux
>      kernel driver, supporting Intel 3945ABG/BG and 4965AGN wireless LAN
>      devices. These devices were formerly supported by the iwlwifi driver
>      (iwl3945 and iwlagn modules) until Linux 2.6.3
>
> That's from http://wiki.debian.org/iwlegacy .
>
> http://wireless.kernel.org/en/users/Drivers/iwlegacy doesn't list AP
> Infrastructure mode (what you were calling Master mode as among the
> capabilities of these Intel chips with these drivers.  My _recollection_
> is that the Intel chips never supported AP Infrastructure mode, only
> Station (client) and Ad-Hoc modes.  I could be wrong, but I distinctly
> remember that AP Infrastructure mode is one reason some people favoured
> Atheros-based chips over Intel ones at the time.
>
>
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