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Date:	Fri, 12 Feb 2010 19:53:22 +0200
From:	Radu Potop <>
CC:	"John W. Linville" <>
Subject: Re: rtl8180 driver in master/ad-hoc mode

	I contacted Markus Gothe from rtl-wifi and he was interested in updating the 
driver/providing patches. It would be nice to collaborate with him on this one.
	I'll keep you updated if he posts anything on the rtl-wifi mailing list.


On 02/12/2010 05:08 PM, John W. Linville wrote:
> On Fri, Feb 12, 2010 at 04:53:00PM +0200, Radu Potop wrote:
>> 	I noticed that the rtl8180 (Realtek wireless PCI adapter) driver for
>> Linux doesn't support master or ad-hoc mode. However the rtl-wifi driver
>> from does support these modes.
>> 	After a bit of investigation, I found out that the driver from the
>> kernel is not maintained by its original author anymore (no changes since
>> 2007), while rtl-wifi development is active.
> A bit too little investigation, it seems.  The rtl8180 driver doesn't
> get lots of attention, but it has been hit several times since 2007.
> As for master and ad-hoc modes, I've recently taken interest there
> and expect to be adding patches shortly.
>> 	My question is if rtl-wifi will make it into the kernel? rtl-wifi is
>> actually a fork of the old driver, but with a lot of added functionality.
>> I'm sure that a lot of folks would like to use their hardware to its full
>> potential.
> No it will not.  For one, svn indicates rtl-wifi is nowhere near as
> active as you indicate:
> 	/home/linville/svn/rtl-wifi
> 	[linville-t400.local]:>  svn log
> 	------------------------------------------------------------------------
> 	r83 | falmouth | 2008-07-09 08:52:33 -0400 (Wed, 09 Jul 2008) | 1 line
> 	our CCMP, TKIP and WEP modules names end in -rtl
> Beyond that, no one from there is posting any patches and in any case
> it is rather rare to simply drop one more-or-less working driver in
> favor of another one simply because it appears from nowhere.
> Anyway, as I indicated I have been taking more interest in rtl8180
> lately and I expect it to be greatly improved at least in time for
> 2.6.35 (since the 2.6.34 development cycle will be ending soon).
> Hth!
> John
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