hostapd and 802.11r

Ben Greear greearb at
Mon Mar 21 14:19:16 PDT 2016

On 03/15/2016 08:58 AM, Ben Greear wrote:
> On 03/15/2016 03:03 AM, M. Braun wrote:
>> Am 10.03.2016 um 18:36 schrieb Ben Greear:
>>> We have a management port (eth0) on the system, and that is the one that
>>> should be used
>>> for inter-hostapd communication.
>> That is exactly what ft_bridge is designed for, so it will certainly
>> need extra patches. The most recent version was posted as "[PATCH 00/44]
>> Improvements for roaming" (2016-02-24) on the hostapd mailing list.

I took a look at these patches.  In my case, putting my mgt network device
into a bridge will be problematic.  Maybe instead hostapd could support
a 'macvlan' option where it created a mac-vlan off of the network port
to get the MAC filtering it is looking for?

I doubt that would be more work that using a bridge device, and might even
perform better since some NICs have support for MAC filtering in hardware
so that the ethX device doesn't have to go into promisc mode.


Ben Greear <greearb at>
Candela Technologies Inc

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