ATH10K and VLAN : Frame with VLAN tag are not sent

Michal Kazior michal.kazior at
Fri Jun 5 05:30:19 PDT 2015

On 5 June 2015 at 12:52, Michal Kazior <michal.kazior at> wrote:
> On 5 June 2015 at 12:46, voncken <cedric.voncken at> wrote:
>>> De : linux-wireless-owner at [mailto:linux-wireless-
>>> owner at] De la part de Michal Kazior
>>> Envoyé : vendredi 5 juin 2015 11:46
>>> À : voncken
>>> Cc : linux-wireless; ath10k at
>>> Objet : Re: ATH10K and VLAN : Frame with VLAN tag are not sent
>>> [...]
>>> >> I see no reason why this should fail. The dot1q encapsulation
>>> >> shouldn't influence how firmware behaves.. but maybe I'm wrong.
>>> >>
>>> >> It's still unclear to me what your topology looks like. Perhaps
>>> >> you're having problem with environmental configuration itself? Did
>>> >> you try other Wi-Fi device (e.g. ath9k) instead of ath10k?
>>> > Yes I tested with ath9k wireless card, the same configuration works.
>>> >
>>> > I did an interesting test. With ostinato software I generate an ICMP
>>> frame without vlan tag. I changed the ethertype in the frame.
>>> > I tried with the ethertype 0x800 (IP), 0x801, 0x8892 (PROFINET), 0x8100
>>> (dot1q), 0x0600. All frames are sent except when the ethertype is set to
>>> 0x8100. It seems the firmware do not accept the ethertype 0x8100.
>>> Interesting. This may suggest firmware actually doesn't handle dot1q VLAN
>>> tagging properly in NWifi Tx encap mode. Can you try changing it to 802.3
>>> encap and re-test, please?
>>> --- a/drivers/net/wireless/ath/ath10k/mac.c
>>> +++ b/drivers/net/wireless/ath/ath10k/mac.c
>>> @@ -3172,7 +3172,7 @@ ath10k_tx_h_get_txmode(struct ath10k *ar, struct
>>> ieee80211_vif *vif,
>>>         if (ieee80211_is_data_present(fc) && sta && sta->tdls)
>>>                 return ATH10K_HW_TXRX_ETHERNET;
>>> -       return ATH10K_HW_TXRX_NATIVE_WIFI;
>>> +       return ATH10K_HW_TXRX_ETHERNET;
>>>  }
>>> Note: Your backports may not have the necessary code.. In which case
>>> it'll be difficult to do this the easy way. If that's the case I suggest
>>> you get latest backports or generate them yourself from the latest
>>> kvalo/ath master.
>> I will try to change my backport. But it is not easy, because I need to use a cross-compiler. From openwrt website I can download a backport 2015-05-08. I will try to integrate it.
>> Do you know how I can generate a tar file for openwrt from kale git hub?
> That's non-trivial as far as I understand. You could try generating a
> quilt patch in openwrt to update ath10k. Either some sort of manual
> cherry-picking of the txmode patch for ath10k or create a partial diff
> (e.g. only drivers/net/wireless/ath/ath10k) between openwrt backports
> and kvalo/ath generated backports.

I've managed to reproduce your problem in my setup.

With NWifi Txed frames with dot1Q VLAN tagging aren't even sent OTA
and are reported as not acked by firmware.

When I changed the Tx encap mode to 802.3 (ethernet) I can see frames
OTA but they are corrupted 3addr frames with invalid SA/DA addresses.
I'm guessing this is because firmware expects explicit
WMI_PEER_ADD_WDS_ENTRY_CMDID to be issued when trying too use 802.3 Tx
encap with 4addr frames.


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