Startup problems

Henrik Brix Andersen brix
Wed Sep 21 03:18:47 PDT 2005

On Wed, Sep 21, 2005 at 12:01:31PM +0200, Christian Frankerl wrote:
> Why do i need to set the wlan-card to Mastermode? I thought this is
> the Job from hostapd?

No, hostapd only handles the authentication side of things.

> When i set up me card by hand like this:
> # ifconfig wlan0 up
> # wconfig wlan0 mode Master essid foobert channel 11
> and configure the iptables, the card works as AP. For what do i need
> hostapd, cause it works with this two lines above too... ?

You don't need hostapd if you do not wish to do any
authentication/encryption. WEP should work without hostapd as well.

> And i have an other Problem:
> When i try to start the wlan with the following commandline:
> # wconfig wlan0 mode Master essid foobert channel 11
> I get the following error message:
> "wlan0: empty SSID not allowed in Master mode"
> When i start wlan0 like this:
> # iwconfig wlan0 essid foobert
> # iwconfig wlan0 mode Master essid foobert channel 11
> it works. Why? Why must i set up essid first? Can't i do this in only
> one line?

Can't aswer that one, sorry.

Henrik Brix Andersen <brix at>
Gentoo Metadistribution | Mobile computing herd
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