Intel 2200 Mini-PCI + hostapd

Pavel Roskin proski
Fri Feb 9 10:12:47 PST 2007

On Wed, 2007-02-07 at 15:36 +0100, Fred Leeflang wrote:
> Hi,
>  From I read that hostapd
> supports:
>     * Host AP driver for Prism2/2.5/3 <>
>     * madwifi (Atheros ar521x) <>
>     * (Prism GT/Duette/Indigo) <>
>     * BSD net80211 layer (e.g., Atheros driver) (FreeBSD 6-CURRENT)

There is also support for Devicescape stack (d80211) based drivers, but
it's hard to compile to put it mildly.  The best bet would be to compile
hostapd against an older kernel that actually had the headers hostapd
needs.  Or take the current wireless-dev.git kernel and pick the stuff
needed for compilation one-by-one.

> I recently purchased an Asus WL-500gP, which has a Broadcom
> mini-pci. I installed openwrt on it and got it all to work quite well,
> using the 'nas' binary that comes with OpenWRT. The 'nas' binary
> handles the WPA-EAP which I've set up, so I'm actually running
> EAP-TTLS with inner PAP authentication on it.
> There's only one 'but'; the nas binary doesn't support 802.1x accounting
> it seems. So in order to fix that I was looking into installing hostapd
> on the Asus. The list of supported cards is very slim though and I am
> not very optimistic that I'll get the Broadcom driver to work as that's
> still very experimental.

The Broadcom driver for d80211 supports the AP mode, but I've never had
any success with it.

> So another option I have is to install an Intel
> Pro 2200 mini pci card. This card seems to be pretty stable, and what's
> more, I also use wpa_supplicant on it with the -Dwext option.
> Is it possible to run hostapd on an Intel Pro 2200 mini-pci card?

No.  The driver doesn't support the AP mode, and experimental AP driver
doesn't work with hostap.

I'm afraid the best bet for now would be MadWifi if you don't mind a
non-free HAL module and Prism 2.5 card if you can give up on 802.11g.

Prism54 and Broadcom would require some hacking and bugfixing.

Intel cards would likely require some serious coding.

Pavel Roskin

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