Differences between hostapd and wpa_supplicant

Jouni Malinen j
Tue Apr 29 07:58:25 PDT 2014

On Thu, Apr 24, 2014 at 10:37:32AM +0200, Drasko DRASKOVIC wrote:
> I can see that wpa_supplicant can be put to AP mode via D-Bus (connman
> does it for it's tethering mode).
> What are differences and limitations of this approach compared to full hostapd?

wpa_supplicant allows basic AP configuration, but does not include
support for most of the parameters than can be used to fine-tune
operations or enable various features like WPA2-Enterprise (RADIUS
server for authentication). If you look at hostapd/hostapd.conf and
compare that to the simple example configuration for AP mode operation
in wpa_supplicant.conf, you'll get a picture of the set of parameters
that are not available through wpa_supplicant for AP mode.

Jouni Malinen                                            PGP id EFC895FA

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