wifi card disconnected right after assoicated with AP

Shu, Nick Nick.Shu at spirent.com
Tue Apr 8 12:05:21 EDT 2014

Thanks, Kalle:
Yeah, I uninstalled "network-manager" and problem solved.
Now, card can associate to AP without dropping.

Now problem moved to firmware related issue, I had a valid MAC from chip vendor but it appeared as a default MAC from event message and AP's connected device field.
It couldn't get a valid IP address from AP's DHCP.

Now, I need to work on getting new driver and firmware from backports .
Thanks again

-----Original Message-----
From: Kalle Valo [mailto:kvalo at qca.qualcomm.com]
Sent: Tuesday, April 08, 2014 10:24 AM
To: Shu, Nick
Cc: ath10k at lists.infradead.org
Subject: Re: wifi card disconnected right after assoicated with AP

Hi Nick,

"Shu, Nick" <Nick.Shu at spirent.com> writes:

> I installed Ubuntu 13.10 server that has the Linux kernel 3.11 (this
> is what I read from the info) on my test server, it should have all
> driver and firmware to support the card.

In ath10k's lifetime that's ancient. I recommend using backports to get a more recent version of ath10k:


I would not even bother try debugging the issue until you have updated ath10k and the firmware.

> Card is a mini PCIe that has a QCA 9880 chip in it with 3x3 antenna
> configuration, made by Embedded Works.
> Access Point side is a Netgear AC1900 NightHawk. I set it up and using
> Ch153, WPA-PSK, with DHCP enabled.
> I'm new in Linux (worked on Windows for most time), so I'm still
> learning.

Unfortunately I can only help with ath10k specific issues, I do not have time to give general Linux support. But I can give you pointers and there are other forums which can help you better with those.

> I used "iw" and "wpa_supplicant" to control the card.
> I failed for scan command at the beginning (posted a message last week
> for help) and fixed by bring up the wlan0 interface (ip link set woan0
> up).
> Then set net key "wpa_passphrase SSID KEY"
> Start wpa with command: "wpa_supplicant -B -D nl80211 -i wlan0 -c
> /etc/wpa_supplicant.conf".
> I actually got the card associated with the AP but couldn't get a
> valid IP address last Friday, so I was working on getting IP address
> issue.
> Then on Monday, I logged in to server and found the card wlan0 is up
> without command "ip link set ...", also the net key was remembered and
> auto associate to AP.
> So something is taking over and doing association automatically for me
> ( I installed metwork-manager, but never use it yet).

If you run wpasupplicant manually you should disable network-manager, otherwise there will be problems. IIRC one issue might be that network-manager automatically disconnects you, which might be the issue you are having.

> You mentioned the card MAC is not a valid one? I though the vender
> should programmed a valid MAC to chip, right?

Yes, the MAC address is stored in EEPROM and the firmware reads it. But older firmwares might not support newer boards and then there will be problems in reading the EEPROM. That's why I recommend using firmware 10.1.467.2-1.

> I used "iw event -r -f" to monitor the debug message, do I have to
> enable something to get the kernel and supplicant log?

wpasupplicant has it's own debug log (-dddt) and kernel log can be read with dmesg. I recommend starting from here:


Kalle Valo
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