Centralized WLAN Management Application/Framework
Tue Nov 28 14:15:48 PST 2006
We are currently writing our diploma thesis about centralized WLAN. As we use
and would like to modify HostAP, I am writing to this mailing list in order
to get feedback. Our project is hosted at http://sf.net/projects/cwlan .
We inteded to implement the following parts:
- Centralized WLAN Management Application: This web application consits of a
http://qooxdoo.org) as well as a backend written in PHP. The backend handles
the needed config files (e.g. hostapd.conf).
- Runtime Environment: Our runtime environment consists of the server running
the management application as well as a numer of access points (using WRAP
boards with Atheros-based MiniPCI cards, see pcengines.ch). On the APs we
installed Voyage Linux devel version (based on Debian Etch). The APs mount
their config files from the server using SSH-FS (FUSE).
- Modifying HostAP: This modification should make the access points to thin
access points. The main idea is to make the APs stupid doing nothing else but
sending unmodified wireless frames through a tunnel to the server where again
HostAP will do the rest (namely authentication). Like this, WLAN users could
change the associated AP without re-authenticating. This would for example
enhance VoIP on a WLAN. There has already been another project hosted on
http://www.wrapper.ch that did this for the Prism-2/2.5 driver. As this was a
proof-of-concept, we would like to implement (or initiate an implementation)
of a general solution that would work with any driver.
The first two parts are quite usable. We plan to finish them by the end of
next week (our diploma thesis will be finished on December 15). But the
HostAP part is too much for our project. But anyway, it would be nice if we
could present a possible solution of how HostAP could be extended. And we
plan to continue on our project after December 15. Like that, we could really
develop a usable open source centralized WLAN infrastructure.
I am looking forward to getting a lot of feedback.
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