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SubjectRe: [PATCH] wireless-2.6 zd1211rw check against regulatory domain rather than hardcoded value of 11
On Monday 30 October 2006 23:59, Uli Kunitz wrote:
> Johannes Berg wrote:
> >> I'm not so sure about this. This patching might be US-specific and we
> >> cannot simply apply the setting for top channel of another domain
> >> instead of channel 11. One option would be to set the value only under
> >> the US regulatory domain.
> >
> > ??
> > What the patch does is replace the top channel which is hardcoded to 11
> > by the top channel given by the current regulatory domain. How can that
> > be wrong? Except that you may want to init the regulatory domain from
> > the EEPROM but I'm not sure how the ieee80211 code works wrt. that.
> >
> > johannes
> The problem is not so much that I don't trust the geo code, but whether
> setting the register to that band-edge value for a higher channel is
> the right thing to do. It looks like that this is a hack for FFC
> compliance. Therefore I suggest to patch CR128 only
> for the US regulatory domain.
> Here is the code from the GPL vendor driver (zdhw.c):
> if (pObj->HWFeature & BIT_21) //6321 for FCC regulation, enabled HWFeature 6M band edge bit (for AL2230, AL2230S)
> {
> if (ChannelNo == 1 || ChannelNo == 11) //MARK_003, band edge, these may depend on PCB layout
> {
> pObj->SetReg(reg, ZD_CR128, 0x12);
> pObj->SetReg(reg, ZD_CR129, 0x12);
> pObj->SetReg(reg, ZD_CR130, 0x10);
> pObj->SetReg(reg, ZD_CR47, 0x1E);
> }
> else //(ChannelNo 2 ~ 10, 12 ~ 14)
> {
> pObj->SetReg(reg, ZD_CR128, 0x14);
> pObj->SetReg(reg, ZD_CR129, 0x12);
> pObj->SetReg(reg, ZD_CR130, 0x10);
> pObj->SetReg(reg, ZD_CR47, 0x1E);
> }
> }
> The patch from Holden would set ZD_CR128 to 0x12 for the highest channel,
> which would not reflect the logic of the vendor driver.

I think the real question is: What does this "band edge" bit actually do?
Did you notice any difference when setting it? Does TX power in/decrease?
Did you see differences in the physical range (max distance from the AP
for which you're still able to connect).
I don't know what channel 1 and 11 have in common. Why don't we set the
bit for channel 14? Isn't that an "edge", too?

Greetings Michael.
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