FC3, MA311 and hostap

Michael Walter michael.walter
Tue Jan 25 03:56:42 PST 2005

First of all I would like to send out a big "well done" to all members of
this list who help on improving such excellent software like "hostap"!

I run this software on a Debian-Machine with a PCMCIA-Adapter. This adapter
holds a Linksys-Cardbus Card. And this one has a PRISM III-Chipset and
works very well. "hostap_diag wlan0" shows:

> Host AP driver diagnostics information for 'wlan0'
> NICID: id=0x801b v1.0.0 (PRISM III PCMCIA (SST parallel flash))
> PRIID: id=0x0015 v1.1.0
> STAID: id=0x001f v1.4.9 (station firmware)
(I did an upgrade of the station firmware to v1.4.9.)

I intend to switch to a "real" PCI-Card now and found the Netgear MA311 at
eBay. I was also able to confirm about the Version 2.0 of this Card that is
known to have the Prism 2.5-Chipset built in. The only question left is if
there could eventually be some other versions of this card holding another
chipset which is not working with the hostap software? Does anyone know
about such hardware or is it save saying to use the MA311-Card because
there simply does not exist any other version numer of it pointing to
another chipset than Prism 2.5/3? 

Because I use the hostapd in combination with a FreeRadius-Server which
uses X.509 certificates for granting access to clients I intend to run this
piece of hardware in "master mode = on" to build a rather secure w-lan
access point for other users in my house.

Thanks in advance for any hints on the Netgear MA311 - Card.

Best Regards
Michael Walter 

On 11:22:22 pm 01/23/05 bayraktarz at uekae.tubitak.gov.tr wrote:
> Hi list,
> I'm using FedoraCore3 with a Netgear MA311 wireless adapter. Adapter
> works fine when I use default orinoco_pci module. It associates with
> AP, takes IP address etc..
> I recently downloaded hostap-0.2.6, and now I'm trying to use this
> driver instead of orinoco module. I did every thing on README file;
> compiled it, installed it, and load the module with #modprobe
> hostap_pci command. But I could not be able to bring the interface up
> and took an IP address from AP.
> My AP do not use any kind of security mechanism, encription is of
> etc.. I googled around and find this mail-list. I will be happy [and
> able to work with hostap driver] if someone helps me. It seems like
> an config error, but I tried all the iwconfig[and iwlist to get more
> info about it] params but nothing changed.
> Thank you for your interest,
> Best Regards.
> Here is the dmesg output after I gave the command:
> [root at localhost ~]# dmesg
> hostap_crypt: registered algorithm 'NULL'
> hostap_pci: 0.2.6 - 2004-12-25 (Jouni Malinen <jkmaline at cc.hut.fi>)
> PCI: Found IRQ 5 for device 0000:00:0a.0
> divert: not allocating divert_blk for non-ethernet device wifi0
> hostap_pci: Registered netdevice wifi0
> wifi0: Original COR value: 0x2
> prism2_hw_init: initialized in 198 ms
> wifi0: NIC: id=0x8013 v1.0.0
> wifi0: PRI: id=0x15 v1.0.7
> wifi0: STA: id=0x1f v1.3.6
> wifi0: defaulting to host-based encryption as a workaround for
> firmware bug in Host AP mode WEP
> wifi0: defaulting to bogus WDS frame as a workaround for firmware bug
> in Host AP mode WDS
> wifi0: Intersil Prism2.5 PCI: mem=0xef001000, irq=5
> divert: allocating divert_blk for wlan0
> wifi0: registered netdevice wlan0
> prism2: wlan0: operating mode changed 3 -> 2
> wlan0: updating basic rate set automatically to match with the new
> supported rate set
> wifi0: TXEXC - status=0x0004 ([Discon]) tx_control=000c
>    retry_count=0 tx_rate=0 fc=0x0108 (Data::0 ToDS)
>    A1=00:00:00:00:00:00 A2=00:09:5b:12:1f:b3 A3=33:33:00:00:00:16
> A4=00:00:00:00:00:00
> wifi0: TXEXC - status=0x0004 ([Discon]) tx_control=000c
>    retry_count=0 tx_rate=0 fc=0x0108 (Data::0 ToDS)
> ..
> ..
> wifi0: LinkStatus=6 (Association failed)
> wifi0: LinkStatus: BSSID=44:44:44:44:44:44
> wifi0: LinkStatus=6 (Association failed)
> wifi0: LinkStatus: BSSID=44:44:44:44:44:44
> ..
> ..
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