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CNX-Software just posted that H2 based Orange Pi Zero appeared on Aliexpress for $7. It has been showcased here before, but now is on sale officially, though I can't find 512MB version on the store pages.

 

I'm eager to try 256MB version as my home IoT hub (mosquitto + nginx + uwsgi + Twisted, with MySQL database running on Zyxel NAS). It started with OPi PC then I switched to OPi One but I see it still can be lower spec device.

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Hi

I've bought two weeks ago Orange Pi Zero 512M with WiFi and still can not make WIFi work.

I tried

Armbian_5.24_Orangepizero_Debian_jessie_3.4.113, 

Armbian_5.24_Orangepizero_Ubuntu_xenial_3.4.113,

Armbian_5.24.161208_Orangepizero_Ubuntu_xenial_3.4.113

 

"ifconfig -a" does not show wlan0 interface

 

modprobe xradio_wlan

modprobe: ERROR: could not insert 'xradio_wlan': Connection timed out

 

grep XRADIO syslog

Dec 15 11:05:08 localhost kernel: [ 1303.967141] [XRADIO_ERR] xradio_host_dbg_init failed=2599
Dec 15 11:05:08 localhost kernel: [ 1303.967200] [XRADIO] Driver Label:L34M.01.08.0002  Nov 14 2016 08:41:12
Dec 15 11:05:08 localhost kernel: [ 1303.967401] [XRADIO] Allocated hw_priv @ d4be9240
Dec 15 11:05:08 localhost kernel: [ 1303.967985] [XRADIO_ERR] Access_file failed, path:/data/xr_wifi.conf!
Dec 15 11:05:09 localhost kernel: [ 1304.126722] [XRADIO] Detect SDIO card 1
Dec 15 11:05:11 localhost kernel: [ 1306.184294] [XRADIO] Remove SDIO card 1
Dec 15 11:05:11 localhost kernel: [ 1306.194319] [XRADIO_ERR] sbus_sdio_init failed
 

I've seen in forums that in armbian wifi works from the beginning.

In my case it can not even load the driver.

 

What do I do wrong or it is just a faulty Zero?

 

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What do I do wrong or it is just a faulty Zero?

 

 

Check in dmesg for the MMC subsystem detecting the SDIO card. If you see that you are probably experiencing the driver crashing the firmware on the card.

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Check in dmesg for the MMC subsystem detecting the SDIO card. If you see that you are probably experiencing the driver crashing the firmware on the card.

Since my WiFi stopped working a few weeks ago (after playing around with hardware so I assume I damaged something) I thought let's give it a try again. Dmesg output at the end of http://sprunge.us/WVCM

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Since my WiFi stopped working a few weeks ago (after playing around with hardware so I assume I damaged something) I thought let's give it a try again. Dmesg output at the end of http://sprunge.us/WVCM

 

It would seem it still partially works. ;) Could be a software issue. I thought it would be the more common issue with the driver causing the firmware to crash after it boots up but yours is getting stuck after it's uploaded the bootloader before the main firmware.

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It would seem it still partially works. ;) Could be a software issue. I thought it would be the more common issue with the driver causing the firmware to crash after it boots up but yours is getting stuck after it's uploaded the bootloader before the main firmware.

Well, it started after I tried to test through 3 different aerials and mounted a heatsink (with thermal glue) directly before. Test with antenna 1 good. Powered off, exchanged antenna and no WiFi any more (same symptoms as above now with latest nightly build). So I still would assume it's a hardware issue and I damaged something somehow.

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Hello,

 

I am using legacy xenial nightly build for my OPiZero. So far so good but wlan0 does not show up automatically. I need to explicitly do "modprobe xradio_wlan" to bring up the interface.

 

I am trying to use this board as an Wifi AP with ethernet connecting to the WAN. WAN/eth0 is configured using DHCP.

 

Here is my /etc/network/interfaces for this purpose.

auto lo br0
iface lo inet loopback

auto eth0
iface eth0 inet manual

auto wlan0
iface wlan0 inet manual

iface br0 inet dhcp
bridge_ports eth0 wlan0
#hwaddress ether # will be added at first boot
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This is the error that is showing up on DMESG while booting - 

[    8.505766] xradio wlan power on
[    9.015178] [XRADIO_ERR] xradio_load_firmware: can't read config register, err=-110.
[    9.024007] [XRADIO_ERR] xradio_load_firmware failed(-110).
[    9.351533] xradio wlan power off
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Atleast we found a fix and my OPiZero is working as expected.

 

I modified the /etc/modules-load.d/modules.conf and added a duplicate entry for xradio_wlan in the end and boom everything works as expected. You should probably put this in the legacy distro to avoid confusion until the driver is fixed.

#w1-sunxi
#w1-gpio
#w1-therm
#sunxi-cir
xradio_wlan
g_serial
xradio_wlan
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NAS hat is interesting. Might not be good enough for 4k media streaming but would be fine as an NFS server for doing backups etc.

 

If anyone has contact with them I would like a little board with an i2c controlled pmic that can charge batteries with the other switching and ldo supplies from the pmic broken out for use with sensors. Needs to be i2c controlled so the extra supplies can be turned on and off on demand.

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Hi everyone,
Got problem with WiFi using nightly kernel.

I installed Armbian_5.24.161219_Orangepizero_Ubuntu_xenial_4.9.0.7z
and upgraded the nightly repo via

sed -i "s/apt/beta/" /etc/apt/sources.list.d/armbian.list
apt-get update
apt-get upgrade

then copied the repo from github.com/fifteenhex/xradio and compiled the kernel with

root@orangepizero:# make -C /lib/modules/4.9.0-sun8i/build M=`pwd` modules -j4
root@orangepizero:# cp xradio_wlan.ko /lib/modules/4.9.0-sun8i/kernel/drivers/net/wireless
root@orangepizero:# depmod -a
root@orangepizero:# modprobe xradio_wlan

and loaded the kernel module properly.
dmesg:

[  246.402613] xradio_wlan: loading out-of-tree module taints kernel.
[  246.404432] xradio_wlan: unknown parameter 'macaddr' ignored

But there are no interface available at ifconfig -a as a wlan0.
I also tried original branch of xradio with same result.
Can you guess why?

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But there are no interface available at ifconfig -a as a wlan0.

I also tried original branch of xradio with same result.

Can you guess why?

 

Just a hint. This module needs to be loaded twice to work properly on legacy kernel ... 

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Wow, seems like a great addon! Can we now potentialy get 4 disks: 2 via USB2.0, 1 via SATA and 1 via MSATA to SATA adapter?

If so that would really rock. Thinking to add USB3.0 to Gigabit adapter on the OTG port to get around 275Mbit/s as someone here tested out!

 

Only problem being power to the SATA disk on MSATA to SATA adapter though :(

 

Great (and I've to admit that I really like answering random forum posts like this with hardware using superiour USB-to-SATA bridges)! Do you know something about availability and price already (which you're allowed to share)?

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then copied the repo from github.com/fifteenhex/xradio and compiled the kernel with

 

Without the necessary device tree bits the SDIO WiFi card will remain 'invisible'. Just look through the thread, it has all been explained by dgp already.

 

Wow, seems like a great addon! Can we now potentialy get 4 disks: 2 via USB2.0, 1 via SATA and 1 via MSATA to SATA adapter?

 

To be honest, I've no idea how the 2 USB receptacles on the expansion board work since I don't spotted an USB hub somewhere on the PCB. My understanding is that the two USB host ports available on the 13-pin header are routed to the JMS578 controllers (each accompanied by a small SPI NOR flash for reasons unknown to me) but I've no idea how the two USB ports should work.

 

Regarding power I doubt you can reliably use more than 2 or 3 disks powered through an OPi Zero anyway... (those el cheapo 2.5" SATA disks usually  don't support staggered spin-up).

 

Edit: Since situation with mainline u-boot/kernel for H5 looks already really promising regarding "NAS use cases" (see details) I suggested another Zero type device to Steven: With H5 and Gigabit Ethernet. The upcoming Zero Plus 2 seems to not have any Ethernet at all but that's all just assumption based on looking at weird commits in a github repo somewhere)

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To be honest, I've no idea how the 2 USB receptacles on the expansion board work since I don't spotted an USB hub somewhere on the PCB. My understanding is that the two USB host ports available on the 13-pin header are routed to the JMS578 controllers (each accompanied by a small SPI NOR flash for reasons unknown to me) but I've no idea how the two USB ports should work.

I'm trying to find datasheets and figure out signal tracing on that board. My guess for the NOR flash is that it stores the firmware for the state machines in the USBSATA bridges. This is a good thing because bugs in the converters can be fixed ith updates to that firmware. In other USB devices they often store a VID/PID value as well as other device info--serial number, etc.

 

If you could, would you be able to post higher res scans of the board? Please?

 

EDIT: Found a very quick summary datasheet. NOR is for VID/PID, no mention of firmware in it, *but* it also says that it has a utility for updating the firmware. Maybe it's just not stored on the NOR? Or, maybe it's 'lost in translation'. No sign of a hub/downstream USB port. I'm really curious how the USB ports and the USB/SATA adapters share the two USB signals off of the 1x13 pin connector.

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Orange Pi Zero desperately needs a heat sink. It is running so hot. Xunlong should include it as an accessory while ordering OPZ on AliExpress.

Both my 512MB and 256MB units are barely warm to the touch after hours of use at 24C ambient. What kind of power supply are you using?

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Any outline of NAS features and price? Will we be able to record one TV channel/ video stream while "watching" another?

 

No idea about anything regarding this NAS HAT yet. Also no idea why you mention TV -- there's CVBS there but why not spending the few $ more to get an Orange Pi One/Lite instead which feature HDMI?!

 

Orange Pi Zero desperately needs a heat sink.

 

Nope. Please stop spreading such wrong claims. With Armbian settings H2+ on this board remains in a good temperature range but as usual if you run constantly heavy loads some throttling will occur or you mount a heatsink. But there really is no need for one especially when you use this device as intended. Are your claims backed up by the output of 'sudo armbianmonitor -m'?

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