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Attach Solaris 11.1 rwn driver to RaLink RT8200/8260 Wi Fi Adapter


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Attach Solaris 11.1 rwn driver to RaLink RT8200/8260 Wi Fi Adapter

I installed Solaris 11.1 on a X86 PC. It's working except for one glaring problem : I cannot get a driver attached to the RaLink RT2800 (Wi Fi Adapter). Can someone point me in the direction where " the correct" driver exists, or let me know how I can tell Solaris to attach the device to the existing rwn driver (which looks correct to me)?

Any help much appreciated.

The output below from several commands reflects the system recognizes the Wi Fi Adapter as a RT2800/2860 and has a driver for the RT2800, but that there is no driver attached.

First the simple commands with simple and obvious output:

# sysdef
pci, instance #0
pci8086,244e, instance #0
pci1814,2860 (driver not attached)
# pkginfo | grep rwn
system SUNWrwn Ralink RT2700/2800 IEEE802.11 a/b/g/n Wireless Network Device
Now for more detailed info provided from GUI tools

# The Device Driver Utility (DDU) -> Detailed Info:
Driver URL:
node name: pci1814,2860
Vendor: Ralink corp.
Device: RT2800 802.11n PCI
Sub-Vendor: Ralink corp.
binding name: pci1814,2860
devfs path: /pci@0,0/pci8086,244e@1e/pci1814,2860
pci path: 11,1,0
compatible name: (pci1814,601.1814.2860.0)(pci1814,601.1814.2860)(pci1814,2860)(pci1814,601.0)(pci1814,601)(pciclass, 028000)(pciclass,0280)
driver name: unknown
assigned-addresses: 82110810
reg: 110800
compatible: pci1814,601.1814.2860.0
model: Network controller
power-consumption: 1
devsel-speed: 2
interrupts: 1
max-latency: 4
min-grant: 2
subsystem-vendor-id: 1814
subsystem-id: 2860
unit-address: 1
class-code: 28000
revision-id: 0
vendor-id: 1814
device-id: 601

Package Manager -> General:
Name: driver/network/wlan/rwn
Summary: Ralink RT2700/2800 Wireless NIC Driver
Installed: 0.5.11 (Build 5.11-
Size: 82.44 kB
Category: Drivers/Networking
Publisher: solaris
Wireless Network device driver for Ralink RT2700/RT2800 chipset-based 802.11a/b/g/n NICs.
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I found this: OTN - HCL: Hewlett-Packard Pavilion Elite m9458fr
and another bit here: http://docs.oracle.com/cd/E19963-01/pdf/821-1475.pdf

rwn Ralink RT2700/2800 IEEE802.11 a/b/g/n wireless network device
The rwn IEEE802.11 a/b/g/n wireless driver is a multi-threaded, loadable, clonable,
GLDv3-based STREAMS driver supporting Ralink RT2700/RT2800 IEEE802.11 a/b/g/n
wireless network device.
The rwn driver performs auto-negotiation to determine the data rate and mode. The driver
supports only BSS networks (also known as ap or infrastructure networks) and open
(open-system) or shared system authentication.
For wireless security, WEP encryption,WPA-PSK, andWPA2-PSK are currently supported.
You can perform configuration and administration tasks using the dladm(1M) and
wificonfig(1M) utilities.
/dev/rwn Special character device
/kernel/drv/rwn 32-bit ELF kernel module, x86
/kernel/drv/amd64/rwn 64-bit ELF kernel module, x86
See attributes(5) for descriptions of the following attributes:
Availability driver/network/rwn
Interface Stability Committed
dladm(1M), wificonfig(1M), attributes(5)
IEEE802.11b/g - Wireless LAN Standard - IEEE, 2003
See Also
Device and Network Interfaces 713

An encouraging note here: http://hub.opensolaris.org/bin/view/...+on/2009032601

This guy seems to have his own code for ralink: http://homepage2.nifty.com/mrym3/taiyodo/eng/

This says you need to have 'large server': http://solarisrants.wordpress.com/20...s-11-packages/

Does wificonfig or dladm have any options ot nudge it down the road?

Last edited by DGPickett; 02-15-2013 at 03:53 PM..
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