Hostap and Wet11

Pavel Roskin proski
Thu Mar 11 17:42:32 PST 2004

On Fri, 12 Mar 2004, Neil wrote:

> 1:  i set up hostap using  toshiba laptop P2-266-96MB and card from a WET-11

You forgot to mention version of hostap.

> I try to update card using winupdate with  firmware found
> from above link.

If you came here to tell HostAP users and developers that you don't trust
it for firmware upgrades, maybe you could at least hint at the reason?

I believe prism2_srec from recent versions of HostAP (0.1.3 and 0.2.0) is
more reliable than winupdate.

> when i start winupdate it load in memory "i see it with CTL+ALT+DEL but
> it never comes the foreground .

I think you have a driver that loads firmware into the RAM.  For winupdate
to work, this option should be turned off in the driver.

> So I updated the card using DOS>flash.exe V0.5
> flash -legacy -5v
> flash -legacy -5v -on -i Pk010101.hex
> flash -legacy -5v -g -d sf010506.hex
> All seems ok and now i see from dmesg
> wlan0: NIC: id=0x801b v1.0.0
> wlan0: PRI: id=0x15 v1.0.7
> wlan0: STA: id=0x1f v.1.5.6

It means that you could not upgrade primary firmware.  Not that it's
necessarily a problem if the card still responds.  But you'll need more
recent primary firmware for upgrading secondary firmware to newer

> I would like to try later firmware 1.7.1 1.7.4 1.8 but as i cant backup
> working card with winupdate Or flash.exe it wont play backup either for
> me.

Backup can bring more dangers than it fixes. As long as you don't use the
"-i" switch with prism2_srec, it's won't allow you to kill the card.  And
even in the worst case, Prism 2.5 chipset has software genesis mode, so
you can always recover the card.

> Can any one help me with some reason winupdate not working befor i kill
> my card with trying other firmware.

Try prism2_srec without the "-f" option.  This way, it only checks
compatibility.  This is described in the Mini-howto on Flashing Intersil
Prism Chipsets:

Pavel Roskin

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