hostap and different cards drivers

Jouni Malinen j
Sun Feb 3 19:24:36 PST 2008

On Sat, Feb 02, 2008 at 04:36:55PM +0300, Alexander Kotelnikov wrote:

> So the question is: does hostapd try to use most of capabilities of
> the hardware, or once it is running it performs everything in software
> for all cards? It is not hard to understand, for example, how the list
> of assosiated or authorized STAs can be kept in driver in one case and
> in hostap in another.

Neither.. Or well, somewhere in the middle. IEEE 802.1X/EAPOL
authentication is always done in the hostapd process, but 802.11
management frame processing can be done either in the driver/firmware or
in hostapd depending on which driver is used.
Jouni Malinen                                            PGP id EFC895FA

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