Urgent Help Needed, please

Jouni Malinen jkmaline at cc.hut.fi
Fri Aug 22 21:55:02 EDT 2003


On Fri, Aug 22, 2003 at 08:56:48PM -0400, Pavel Roskin wrote:
> On Wed, 20 Aug 2003, Kashif Bhatti wrote:
> 
> > Dear All,
> 
> You are seriously risking to have your message incorrectly classified by
> your choice of subject and greeting :-)

Hey, that got only 2.3 of required 5.0 points.. Maybe promising $30M to
anyone who helps with the questions would have been needed ;-).

> > In my experiments I extract signal strenth with my client laptop from a
> > real wireless access point, using Orinoco client manager software.

Is "real wireless access point" defined to be something like Orinoco AP
that can use proprietary Lucent protocol for some link statistics
reporting?

> The format of beacons is mandated by 802.11 standard and it's the same,
> whether it's emitted by HostAP of some other AP.  The signal strength is
> measured on the client.  So I'm quite sure that you can measure signal
> strength of all beacons, regardless of their provenance.

Yes, beacon strength should certainly be available. However, the Lucent
link test frames (WMP LinkTest) will not be handled in interoperable
way. Station firmware wants to eat these without letting host system
handle them. The latest STA firmware version might allow this to be
changed, but I don't know whether it would really be worth anyones time
to implement support for this.

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Jouni Malinen                                            PGP id EFC895FA



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