I’m configuring Android to add support to wireless adapter. Unfortunately it is not easy as it is on Linux. Let walk through the process:
I started compiling Linux kernel with support to my wireless adapter RT73, basically my kernel has:
CONFIG_WLAN_80211=y CONFIG_RT2X00=y CONFIG_RT73USB=y CONFIG_RT2X00_LIB_USB=y CONFIG_RT2X00_LIB=y CONFIG_RT2X00_LIB_FIRMWARE=y CONFIG_RT2X00_LIB_CRYPTO=y CONFIG_RT2X00_LIB_RFKILL=y CONFIG_RT2X00_LIB_LEDS=y
Other big mistake was the firmware path, in Linux kernel it is placed at /lib/firmware. I lost some time to figure out the right place it /etc/firmware:
$ adb push rt73.bin /etc/firmware/
After than I try to start-up wifi on Android shell this way:
# netcfg wlan0 up
Arggg, “no donuts for you” 😦
Finally I found more some nice tips here:
Again, more issues, wpa_supplicant binary doesn’t exist. After a little more researches I found the problem: I need to inform to it be build: Edit external/wpa_supplicant/Android.mk and modify:
WPA_BUILD_SUPPLICANT := true
Compile Android again.
Create a wpa_supplicant.conf (in fact just modify the ti_wlan0 one) adding your wireless interface (wlan0 in my case):
Connect in your AP:
# wpa_cli ... set_network 0 ssid "your_ap_name" #wpa_cli ... set_network 0 key_mgmt WPA-PSK #wpa_cli ... set_network 0 pairwise CCMP TKIP #wpa_cli ... set_network 0 psk "makemeveryverysecret"
Configure route and DNS:
# route add default gw 192.168.0.254 dev wlan0 # setprop net.dns1 184.108.40.206
An useful thread about this topic is here:
When trying to turn Wi-Fi ON using Android setting, I was getting this error message:
"unable to start Wi-Fi"
Then using “adb logcat” I can see the error:
"E/WifiService( 1935): Failed to load Wi-Fi driver"
Then I figured out the issue, Android wants loads the driver by itself, because I place the driver built-in into kernel, it will work at console, but will not work on graphic mode.
I saw some people suggesting adding it on init.rc:
setprop wlan.driver.status "ok" setprop init.svc.wpa_supplicant "running"
Unfortunately it didn’t worked to me.
Then I changed the wifi driver to module on Linux kernel and modified “hardware/libhardware_legacy/wifi/wifi.c” to load that driver for me:
#ifndef WIFI_DRIVER_MODULE_PATH #define WIFI_DRIVER_MODULE_PATH "/system/lib/modules/rt73usb.ko" #endif #ifndef WIFI_DRIVER_MODULE_NAME #define WIFI_DRIVER_MODULE_NAME "rt73usb" #endif
Also I copied the modules files (rt2x00lib.ko, rt2x00usb.ko, rt73usb.ko) to “/system/lib/modules” and called insmod to them in init.rc
UPDATE: Nicu Pavel created a great tutorial explaining more about Wireless on Android: