Zydas ZD1211 driver for Solaris
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What is it ?This is a driver for wireless LAN (WLAN) devices using USB
wireless LAN devices based on the Zydas ZD1211 chip. The program also contains
some tools for connecting to an access point and an X11-based tool with a
graphical user interface.
WARNINGThis is an ALPHA version that still contains bugs. It is
intended for programmers that want to rewrite and to advance the software.
YOU USE IT ON YOUR OWN RISK !!!
RequirementsCurrently the driver works on Solaris 9, Sparc, 64-bit
mode. I do not know if it will work on other Solaris versions or (after
re-compiling) on x86 platforms.
The driver requires USBA 1.0. This is
installed using patch #115553 (Solaris 9/Sparc). An USBA 1.0 patch exists for
Solaris 8 and Solaris 9/x86, too, but I do not know the patch number.
10 already comes with USBA 1.0.
About the ZD1211 chip
The Zydas ZD1211 chip is a chip used in many USB-WLAN devices. It is
always used together with a second chip. This second chip can be one
of the following ones:
AL2230 (without "S") (supported by this driver)
A chip not listed here (unsupported)
Supports devices with the AL2230 RF chip
Known supported devices are: Edimax EW-7317Ug
TCP/IP (and ARP, DHCP, ...) works
Infrastructure client mode
WEP (64, 128, 256; only 128 has been tested)
Command-line based connection tools
X11-based connection tool
Bugs and limitations
Works rather instable for now
Has a lot of bugs (alpha version !)
Only a few devices are supported, yet.
Devices containing another chip than the AL2230 are not supported, yet.
No Ad-Hoc mode
The "This is GPL" text is missing in the files. However all the files are
freeware. Commercial use is not allowed for now.
Hot-unplugging does not work, yet.
Suspending the system does not work when the device is connected.
Solaris has problems with the EW-7317Ug (not a problem of this driver)
Developers needed !Because my university studies are finished and I'm
going to work now I do no longer have much time for freeware projects. Therefore
this project needs more developers !
Another aspect is the limited support
for RF chipsets. Currently only the AL2230 chip is supported. Only developers
that own devices with other RF chips can change this.