hostap support for my card ?

Dan Williams dcbw
Sun Oct 1 18:10:51 PDT 2006

On Sun, 2006-10-01 at 17:50 +0200, chunkeey at wrote:
> > On Sun, Oct 01, 2006 at 02:10:24PM +0000, ronald warsow wrote:
> > > that card is able to act as an ap, but wep only.
> > > and
> > > this is the part from the site (just above download)
> > > ...
> > > Supported wireless cards/drivers
> > >       * Host AP driver for Prism2/2.5/3
> > >       * madwifi (Atheros ar521x)
> > >       * (Prism GT/Duette/Indigo)
> >
> > _One_ version of Prism54 driver worked with hostapd. If I understood
> > correctly, the version in the kernel tree may not work. This issue has
> > come up before, but so far, I have not seen anyone who would be
> > interested in making the driver work. As long as this continues, I would
> > not expect much luck with the latest Prism54 drivers when tried with
> > hostapd. I'll try to remember to update the hostapd web page by adding
> > something along lines "used to work with a version; may not work with
> > current versions".
> >
> and, before I forget it (again), you can also remove the special 
> driver from wpa_supplicant. It's now supported through Linux' WEXT. (as of 
> 2.6.18-git15).

Don't do that quite yet :)  I did the WE-19 patch for prism54, but
wasn't actually able to get much testing out of it, since the prism54
driver wouldn't associate to any AP I own even with plain WEP and
straight wireless-tools.  I think the driver is semi-broken right now,
and the WE-19 patch certainly needs more testing.  If you can get
wpa_supplicant to work with the 'wext' driver and a prism54 card, that's
great!  Let me know :)


> BTW, (do you remember the driver_madwifi.c bug in
> set_sta_flags ?). I said, I have a patch for the hostap-daemon to get the 
> prism54 card. I wanted to post a patch but unfortunatly,
> it was too large. If you want it, ask maxi at
> And something OT:
> Are there any plans for a hostap-daemon driver/backend for WEXT? 
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