What Am I Missing?

Les Bell lesbell at lesbell.com.au
Tue Dec 17 22:29:33 EST 2002

STA firmware? Good question - after doing some reading to find the answer,
I realised I needed to build the contents of the utils directory to get
hostap_diag. However, just running make results in violent objections to

In file included from /usr/src/linux/include/linux/wireless.h:70,
                 from prism2_srec.c:20:
/usr/src/linux/include/linux/ethtool.h:18: parse error before `u32'
/usr/src/linux/include/linux/ethtool.h:18: warning: no semicolon at end of
struct or union
/usr/src/linux/include/linux/ethtool.h:19: warning: type defaults to `int'
in declaration of `supported'

and on, and on, and on, for pages. Strange, because ethtool.h looks
inoffensive enough on a cursory examination. However, I'm clearly going to
have to sort this out before I can get any further. This is on RH 7.3 with
kernel-source-2.4.18-18.7.x installed.

Does the W2K station associate with the hostap box in Master mode? No -
Win2K immediately shows "Network cable unplugged" and the Netgear control
panel applet shows the status as "Scanning". Switch both ends back to
Ad-Hoc, and it associates again.

Finally, I tracked down the connector type for the MA311, at
http://www.fulton.net.au/qt045.htm - the connector on the antenna (and
hence any cable) is a reverse polarity SMA (RP SMA) type. I'm just waiting
for a local distributor to email me back a quote on a cable and pigtail
lead, so that's one problem sorted. . .<grin>

BTW, I took the liberty of copying this, including your reply to the list;
hope you don't mind.


--- Les Bell, CISSP

                      "Jason Boxman"                                                                                          
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Les Bell said:

> I have a couple of machines as follows:
> RH 7.3, hostap_pci.o, wlan0 on, Netgear MA311 PCI card
Win2K, Netgear MA401 PC Card with the Netgear driver
> They talk perfectly happily in Ad-Hoc mode, but whenever I put the Linux
box into Master mode and the Win2K box into its "Infrastructure" mode,
the game is over. Nothing. Nada. Zip.

What STA firmware is on the MA401?

Does the W2K station associate with the HostAP Box in Master mode?

> What am I missing here? The Linux box is configured to route from the
wireless LAN to the rest of our setup - does Master mode require it to
be reconfigured as a bridge? I've got to be overlooking something simple
. . .

A bridge setup isn't necessary.

> One other question, while I'm at it: the PCI card is at the back of a
mini-tower box in the middle of a row of servers, where the cabling
seems to be screening its miniature antenna pretty badly, so I need to
add an external antenna higher up. The Netgear docs don't mention what
the antenna
> connector is, so does anyone know what that little threaded coax
connector is called? MMCX? RMMCX? SMA?

Good question -- I'd suspect a Google search on the card will turn up your
answer if someone here doesn't know.

> Thanks, and Compliments of the Season,
> --- Les Bell
> [http://www.lesbell.com.au]
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