Replay r286410. Change KPI of how device drivers that provide wireless


Replay r286410. Change KPI of how device drivers that provide wireless
connectivity interact with the net80211 stack.

Historical background: originally wireless devices created an interface,
just like Ethernet devices do. Name of an interface matched the name of
the driver that created. Later, wlan(4) layer was introduced, and the
wlanX interfaces become the actual interface, leaving original ones as
"a parent interface" of wlanX. Kernelwise, the KPI between net80211 layer
and a driver became a mix of methods that pass a pointer to struct ifnet
as identifier and methods that pass pointer to struct ieee80211com. From
user point of view, the parent interface just hangs on in the ifconfig
list, and user can't do anything useful with it.

Now, the struct ifnet goes away. The struct ieee80211com is the only
KPI between a device driver and net80211. Details:

  • The struct ieee80211com is embedded into drivers softc.
  • Packets are sent via new ic_transmit method, which is very much like the previous if_transmit.
  • Bringing parent up/down is done via new ic_parent method, which notifies driver about any changes: number of wlan(4) interfaces, number of them in promisc or allmulti state.
  • Device specific ioctls (if any) are received on new ic_ioctl method.
  • Packets/errors accounting are done by the stack. In certain cases, when driver experiences errors and can not attribute them to any specific interface, driver updates ic_oerrors or ic_ierrors counters.

Details on interface configuration with new world order:

  • A sequence of commands needed to bring up wireless DOESN"T change.
  • /etc/rc.conf parameters DON'T change.
  • List of devices that can be used to create wlan(4) interfaces is now provided by net.wlan.devices sysctl.

Most drivers in this change were converted by me, except of wpi(4),
that was done by Andriy Voskoboinyk. Big thanks to Kevin Lo for testing
changes to at least 8 drivers. Thanks to pluknet@, Oliver Hartmann,
Olivier Cochard, gjb@, mmoll@, op@ and lev@, who also participated in

Reviewed by: adrian
Sponsored by: Netflix
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