Help with wireless disassociation

Jouni Malinen j
Tue Jun 16 11:10:41 PDT 2009

On Fri, Jun 12, 2009 at 04:22:07PM -0400, Phil Black wrote:

> I would like to avoid this behavior altogether.  It seems like the
> simplest solution is to just put some traffic over the link as soon as I
> have an IP address (via pinging the router or something), but this seems
> a bit overkill.  I've read a couple postings that seem to hint that it's
> possible to just send some small/empty packages over the link to keep
> the connection alive at the PHY layer.  Or is there some way to get
> wpa_supplicant to provide a keep alive?

You could make the driver send out empty data nullfunc frames (assuming
it supports sending arbitrary frames) if you want to minimize size of
the transmitted frames. However, it is not sure whether the AP would
count those as activity as far as the inactivity timeout is concerned.

Jouni Malinen                                            PGP id EFC895FA

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