wifi0/wlan0 confusion

Mr. The Plague mrtheplague
Wed Jul 27 10:14:14 PDT 2005

wifi0 is the internal parts of the card. wlan0 is what all userspace
stuff should address it as. You should configure wlan0, and ignore

On 7/27/05, Simon J. Rowe <srowe at mose.org.uk> wrote:
> I'm having difficulty getting my Netgear MA401 PCMCIA card to work with the
> hostap_cs module. I'm thoroughly confused over what the interface name should
> be, here's the relevant log
> Jul 27 15:29:12 arwen kernel: wifi0: NIC: id=0x800c v1.0.0
> Jul 27 15:29:12 arwen cardmgr[4432]: executing: './network start wlan0'
> I can see the module loads fine and sees the card but I can't understand why
> it assigns it to wifi0 and then cardmgr tries to start wlan0. What should the
> interface be called? Why is there a discrepancy?
> The card works fine using orinoco_cs, but that uses eth2 as the device name.

>From all I've heard, using the orinoco_cs drivers with prism2 cards is
just a bad idea.

> This is on Mandriva 10.2, 2.6.11 kernel (which includes hostap drivers 0.2.6),
> pcmcia-cs 3.2.8

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