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Yocto rtl8811 wifi adapter bring up

Brief notes about bring up rtl8811 and wlan0 on STM32MP1

rtl8811 driver

There is an open source driver on Github and I have verified 4235b0ec7d7220a6364586d8e25b1e8cb99c36f1 works well on my ubuntu PC. But to make it work in yocto, we need a patch to its makefile since it’s not designed as a yocto kernel module:

0001-modify-makefile-to-support-yocto.patch

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From 0bc225d55b3e4e2269519b699f972401c227bc0c Mon Sep 17 00:00:00 2001
From: "Alex.Don.Scofield" <lizhiqin46783937@live.com>
Date: Sun, 15 Dec 2019 22:08:04 +0800
Subject: [PATCH] modify makefile to support yocto

---
Makefile | 9 +++++++--
1 file changed, 7 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)

diff --git a/Makefile b/Makefile
index dc027f3..8de8dfd 100644
--- a/Makefile
+++ b/Makefile
@@ -893,10 +893,12 @@ ifndef KVER
KVER ?= $(shell uname -r)
endif
ifndef KSRC
-KSRC := /lib/modules/$(KVER)/build
+# KSRC := /lib/modules/$(KVER)/build
+KSRC := $(KERNEL_SRC)
endif
ifndef MODDESTDIR
-MODDESTDIR := /lib/modules/$(KVER)/kernel/drivers/net/wireless/
+# MODDESTDIR := /lib/modules/$(KVER)/kernel/drivers/net/wireless/
+MODDESTDIR := $(O)
endif
INSTALL_PREFIX :=
endif
@@ -1621,6 +1623,9 @@ all: modules
modules:
$(MAKE) ARCH=$(ARCH) CROSS_COMPILE=$(CROSS_COMPILE) -C $(KSRC) M=$(shell pwd) modules

+modules_install:
+ $(MAKE) ARCH=$(ARCH) CROSS_COMPILE=$(CROSS_COMPILE) -C $(KSRC) M=$(shell pwd) modules_install
+
strip:
$(CROSS_COMPILE)strip $(MODULE_NAME).ko --strip-unneeded

--
2.17.1

Then we create recipes for it(kernel-module-rtl8812au_0.1.bb):

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SUMMARY = "Driver for rtl8811au/8812au/8821au"
LICENSE = "GPL-2.0"
PV = "0.1"
LIC_FILES_CHKSUM = "file://${COMMON_LICENSE_DIR}/GPL-2.0;md5=801f80980d171dd6425610833a22dbe6"

inherit module

${PN}_REPO = "github.com/abperiasamy/rtl8812AU_8821AU_linux.git"
SRCREV_${PN} = "4235b0ec7d7220a6364586d8e25b1e8cb99c36f1"

SRC_URI = " \
git://${${PN}_REPO};name=${PN};protocol=https;nobranch=1;destsuffix=git/${PN} \
file://0001-modify-makefile-to-support-yocto.patch \
"

S = "${WORKDIR}/git/${PN}"

RPROVIDES_${PN} += "kernel-module-rtl8812au"

Add it to image recipe and flash built image into target, kernel module will be installed at /lib/modules/${KERNEL_VERSION}/extra/rtl8812au.ko. If it has been proper init, you can see those logs in dmesg:

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[    8.321575] RTL871X: module init start
[ 8.354748] RTL871X: rtl8812au v4.3.14_13455.20150212_BTCOEX20150128-51
[ 8.359924] RTL871X: rtl8812au BT-Coex version = BTCOEX20150128-51
[ 8.586779] RTL871X: rtw_ndev_init(wlan0)
[ 8.607811] usbcore: registered new interface driver rtl8812au
[ 8.612202] RTL871X: module init ret=0

wpa-supplicant

If we use wpa-supplicant to manage and config wifi, we need to have a *.network file under /lib/systemd/network/:

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[Match]
Name=wlan0

[Network]
DHCP=ipv4

and a we also need a config file for wpa-supplicant:

/etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant-wlan0.conf

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ctrl_interface=/var/run/wpa_supplicant
eapol_version=1
ap_scan=1
fast_reauth=1

network={
ssid="WIFI SSID"
psk="WIFI PASSWD"
priority=5
}

If we want wlan be ready after system booting, we need to append wpa-supplicant. Create wpa-supplicant_%.bbappend:

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FILESEXTRAPATHS_prepend := "${THISDIR}/${PN}:"

SRC_URI += " \
file://51-wlan.network \
file://wpa_supplicant-wlan0.conf \
"
FILES_${PN} += " \
${systemd_unitdir}/network/51-wlan.network \
${sysconfdir}/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant-wlan0.conf \
"

SYSTEMD_AUTO_ENABLE = "enable"
SYSTEMD_SERVICE_${PN}_append = " wpa_supplicant@wlan0.service"

do_install_append() {
install -d ${D}${sysconfdir}/wpa_supplicant/
install -m 0600 ${WORKDIR}/wpa_supplicant-wlan0.conf ${D}${sysconfdir}/wpa_supplicant/

if ${@bb.utils.contains('DISTRO_FEATURES','systemd','true','false',d)}; then
install -d ${D}${systemd_unitdir}/network/
install -m 0644 ${WORKDIR}/51-wlan.network ${D}${systemd_unitdir}/network/

install -d ${D}${sysconfdir}/systemd/system/multi-user.target.wants/
ln -s ${systemd_unitdir}/system/wpa_supplicant@.service \
${D}${sysconfdir}/systemd/system/multi-user.target.wants/wpa_supplicant@wlan0.service
fi
}