Any modern chipsets supported by hostapd on Linux?

Pavel Roskin proski
Thu Dec 11 07:45:20 PST 2008

On Tue, 2008-12-09 at 18:22 +0300, QingLong wrote:
> 	Hello!
>    Would someone be so kind as to tell me whether any modern wireless cards
>  are really supported by hostapd on Linux?
>  AFAIK, Intersil has dropped the Prism54 chipset more than 5 years ago:
>  and the Prism2/2.5/3 had been discontinued even earlier.
>  I can see no ar521x cards on stocks, looks like it's obsolete too,
>  while other atheros chipsets do present on the market (e.g. ar500x).

As far as I know, MadWifi supports all Atheros devices with chips
starting with "ar5" except ar5311 (old pre-802.11n MIMO cards).  It's
only ar9xxx devices that are not supported by MadWifi.

Also, the nl80211 driver supports mac80211 based drivers, such as ath9k
and b43.  This is a new code, so you'll need to use the latest
development release of hostapd or the version from git.  Using the
wireless-testing branch of the kernel could be useful too.

Pavel Roskin

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