Monitor mode without association

Bichot Guillaume (Princeton) BichotG at tce.com
Fri Nov 15 11:26:12 EST 2002


Hi all,

I'm trying to get a better understanding of the monitor mode. In particular
I would like to know the following :

( In the HOST side, I switched from Managed to Monitor mode.)

Does the driver monitor the channel corresponding to the ESSID and/or the
frequency/channel (delivered through iwconfig)?

Does the monitor mode preclude the host to associate with the access point
corresponding to the ESSID and/or the frequency/channel (delivered through
iwconfig)?

Before the last hostap_release (2002-10-12) the monitor mode seem to
preclude association between the host and the AP (that is what I'm looking
for by the way). The host was really passive.

With last release (2002-10-12), the host can still send and receive packets
in monitor mode meaning the host seems associated with the AP.

What I'm really target is a host being able to listen only (no uplink
traffic at all) a particular channel.

Thank you to clarify my doubts.

Guillaume Bichot
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