Use hostapd to set master mode?

Alexander Huemer alexander.huemer
Sun Feb 22 10:04:08 PST 2009

Christian Lamparter wrote:
>>> What version kernel do you have?  nl80211 requires a pretty recent one.
>> I'm on 2.6.28.  I've read that should do it but it doesn't seem to.  Any ideas?
> where? As far as I know, ath__9k__ does, but not ath__5k__ .
> According to their wiki site @ the AP mode needs more testing,
> before it will be available for the masses. 
> Besides, I don't recommend anything less than 2.6.29 (yes, it's still in -rc...) for an AP,
> as the network core has been modified in order to support retransmission mechanism for sleeping stations...
> This is also the very reason why compat-wireless isn't a option, as it can only provide the mac80211 stack
> and device drivers....
> Regards,
> 	Chr
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i am plumbing to get an AP with hostapd and nl80211 working too, in my
case with driver p54_pci.
in order to get an interface in master mode, i have to use
# iw phy phy0 interface add myap type __ap
this gets me a seperate virtual interface that i can then use with
hostapd. unfortunately it is still not operational.
i don't know if there is a better way to achieve the  same effect. i
would be interested in one.
afaik iwconfig cannot be used to bring an interface in master mode with
nl80211 drivers.
i am using kernel 2.6.29_rc5, iw 0.9.9 and hostapd 0.6.8.

maybe this helps

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