hostap 0.0.4/NICID 8002 wep trouble

Jouni Malinen jkmaline at
Fri Aug 22 21:01:27 EDT 2003

On Sat, Aug 23, 2003 at 12:46:54AM +0200, Hans-Joachim Klingshirn wrote:

> Problem: When loading hostap on the ap, it disables card-based wep, so I
> run hostapd on the ap box.

I don't understand this logic here.. Running hostapd (vs. kernel side
802.11 management) does not have anything to do with whether WEP is
being done in the hardware of software. Host AP driver is using
host-based software implementation of WEP if the firmware version is
known to have issues with hardware "accelerated" WEP. This happens
whether you use hostapd or not.

> When activating wep with a 40bit key, no data can be transmitted.
> hostap(d) on the ap box does not give any log messages concerning wep (log
> level set to maximum). The hostap.conf on the ap box is the standard
> config file as in the 0.0.4 distribution, only log levels and ssid have
> been changed.

Running hostapd with static WEP keys is something that I have never
really tested properly. I would recommend first testing WEP without
hostapd to keep the setup as simple as possible.

Jouni Malinen                                            PGP id EFC895FA

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