USB wireless cards

Jouni Malinen jkmaline
Sat Feb 10 10:55:48 PST 2007

On Wed, Feb 07, 2007 at 08:34:59AM +0100, Amin BEN ABDALLAH wrote:

> I am a new user of HostAP and I would like to use it in order to test a
> new EAP method. 

Do you just want to be able to test the EAP authentication part or the
full wireless setup? EAP methods can be tested with
wpa_supplicant/hostapd driver_test "emulation" that does not require any
wireless hardware.

> The problem is that my wireless device (ipw2200) doesn't support master
> mode. is it possible to use an USB wireless adaptor with hostAP (is mode
> master supported, is there any linux driver) ?

Are you talking about the Host AP driver or hostapd? Host AP driver
supports only Prism2/2.5/3-based cards in AP mode. hostapd can also be
used with some other drivers (madwifi, d80211 (the drivers that support
AP mode, like dadwifi), BSD). I don't know whether there are any USB
adapters that would support AP mode with any of the supported drivers.

> Finally, having 2 wireless cards (for example ipw2200 & usb adaptor), is
> it possible to use the XSupplicant and Authenticator on the same
> machine.

It should be possible to use a client and AP in the same host if you
have multiple wireless adapters.

Jouni Malinen                                            PGP id EFC895FA

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