I finally managed to get my Edimax EW-7811Un (rtl8192cu chipset) working on Overo Earth + Summit running Ubuntu. Thanks to everyone who passed along helpful suggestions. Here is what I did (some steps may be missing, this is from memory and reconstructed from "history"):


sudo rootstock --fqdn overo --login ubuntu --password temppwd --imagesize 2G --seed linux-image-omap,gcc,g++,make,build-essential,openssh-server,nano,apt,usbutils,linux-kernel-headers,linux-firmware,wireless-tools,wpasupplicant,zip,linux-source-2.6.35 --components "main universe multiverse" --dist maverick --serial ttyS2
auto wlan0                                                                      
iface wlan0 inet dhcp                                                           
wpa-driver wext                                                                 
wpa-conf /etc/wpa_supplicant.conf    
                        ssid="Network Name Here"                                          
                        psk="Passphrase Here"                               
If things didn't work, you can get some debug info here:
lsusb (make sure your Edimax device is listed)
lsmod (make sure 8192cu is listed as a loaded module)
ifconfig (make sure wlan0 is listed as a network interface)
sudo wpa_cli -p /var/run/wpa_supplicant status (check status of wpa supplicant)
Apologies for the fragmentary nature of this guide, but it's been a fragmentary process :) I hope some of these steps help someone else.

On Wed, 23 Feb 2011 18:41:57 -0800, Vance Vagell <vance@vagell.com> wrote:

Hi folks,

I'm running Ubuntu (Maverick) on an Overo Earth+Summit. I've been trying, without success, to build a kernel module for a USB wifi adapter (Edimax EW-7811Un) I'd like to use.

Is anyone using EW-7811Un (or another RTL8192-based adapter) on their Overo? I'd love to hear how you got it to work! In lieu of that...

I created the kernel and root file system using rootstock, which automates the process. However, it doesn't seem to include the kernel source, config, or build output (admittedly, most embedded users probably don't want these things).

What this means is I can't build kernel modules, like the wifi driver I need.

I've found ways to get the kernel source or headers installed (certain rootstock options, and even downloading them pre-packaged from some embedded development sites), but it seems I need to actually generate a kernel config (yikes), and build the kernel before I can build modules.

How have other users built kernel modules for their Overo systems? In particular:

* How did you build your kernel and root FS? Did you use a cross-compiler? Bitbake seems limited to recipes that won't let me do things like build a root FS that includes kernel source, headers, etc.

* Is there an easier way for me to do what I'm trying to do? Someone off-thread suggested an NDIS wrapper, but that seems wasteful when there's a perfectly good Linux driver I just need to compile.

* Is there some way I can load a comprehensive Ubuntu (or other modern Linux distrib) onto Overo, short of building it from scratch? I'd like an environment I can build kernel modules in, without having to build the kernel.

I tried to compile the kernel, but got mired in the (hundreds of?) config questions. I didn't have confidence of what to answer for some obscurer options.