ath10k driver and firmware upgrade

Shu, Nick Nick.Shu at
Wed Apr 9 14:18:35 PDT 2014

Hi, Kalle and all:
I have a question about upgrade the diver and firmware for my wifi ac pcie card.
I read through the docs in your /ath10k website and did the driver and firmware update.
After that, here is what I read back from system:

root at coast198:/home/spirent# ethtool -i wlan0
driver: ath10k_pci
version: 3.11.0-12-generic
firmware-version: 999.999.0.636
bus-info: 0000:03:00.0
supports-statistics: yes
supports-test: no
supports-eeprom-access: no
supports-register-dump: no
supports-priv-flags: no

So, I can see the firmware has been updated (I used firmware-2.bin_999.999.0.636 for STA, right?).
But how can I find out have drivers been changed?

I did following to change the driver:
1. Download the tarball from "backports-3.13.2-1" to my PC.
2. FTP it to my Linux box (test server running on Ubuntu 13.10 server).
3. Unpack it to my working directory.
4. Run "make defconfig-ath10k"
        "make install".
5. But auto install failed because of some initramfs issue (no key? from error message), so I manually "rmmod" all drivers ( ath10k_pci.ko, ath10k_core.ko, mac80211.ko, ath.ko, cfg80211.ko, compat.ko) and then "Insmod" all drivers back.
6. Run "update-initramfs -u" and reboot.

Did I do everything correct?
I used "dhcpcd wlan0" to get a valid IP address from a Netgear wifiac ac access point, but from access point manager, the MAC for my card is still "00:03:07:12:34:56".
>From your last email, you said this default MAC was caused by wrong driver and firmware, so why it's still there after I changed driver and firmware? Do I miss something?

Thank you!

Nick Shu

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