[PATCH] ath10k: Allow setting coverage class

Ben Greear greearb at candelatech.com
Wed Jul 27 10:26:27 PDT 2016

On 07/27/2016 01:33 AM, Benjamin Berg wrote:
> Unfortunately ath10k does not generally allow modifying the coverage class
> with the stock firmware and Qualcomm has so far refused to implement this
> feature so that it can be properly supported in ath10k. If we however know
> the registers that need to be modified for proper operation with a higher
> coverage class, then we can do these modifications from the driver.
> This patch implements this hack for first generation cards which are based
> on a core that is similar to ath9k. The registers are modified in place and
> need to be re-written every time the firmware sets them. To achieve this
> the register status is verified after any event from the firmware.
> The coverage class may not be modified temporarily right after the card
> re-initializes the registers. This is for example the case during scanning.
> A warning will be generated if the hack is not supported on the card or
> unexpected values are hit. There is no error reporting for userspace
> applications though (this is a limitation in the mac80211 driver
> interface).
> Thanks to Sebastian Gottschall <s.gottschall at dd-wrt.com> for initially
> working on a userspace support for this. This patch wouldn't have been
> possible without this documentation.

I would be concerned about the various resets firmware does to work around
hardware hangs as well.  I don't think any events are generated for these, unless
you count the dbglog messages?


Ben Greear <greearb at candelatech.com>
Candela Technologies Inc  http://www.candelatech.com

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