Help for a Newbie please

Andre Berger andre.berger at
Fri May 23 12:55:12 EDT 2003

Hi all!

I've got an Apple AirPort Base Station (ABS) "Graphite" Access Point
and two laptops running Debian woody 2.4.20-1-686, both with Netgear
MA401 PCMCIA cards. With hostap-0.0.3 ("just compiled", noo patches
applied to the kernel source -- would that be necessary?) and
wireless-tools v25-3, both laptops can connect to the 'net via the
access point's modem, even simultaneously, as the ABS's NAT works
fine. The thing is, the laptops can't connect to or ping each other,
and my question is how to achieve that. 

So the ABS,, can be pinged from each laptop (addresses
10.0.0.[2,3], provided by DHCP). The setup is:

# /etc/network/interfaces -- configuration file for ifup(8), ifdown(8)
auto lo
iface lo inet loopback

# Wireless DHCP
iface wlan0 inet dhcp
wireless_power period 2
wireless_mode managed
wireless_essid XXX
wireless_nick andre
wireless_key YYY restricted

dmesg says: 
hostap_crypt: registered algorithm 'NULL'
Linux Kernel Card Services 3.1.22
  options:  [pci] [cardbus] [pm]
isapnp: Scanning for PnP cards...
isapnp: No Plug & Play device found
Intel PCIC probe: not found.
PCI: Found IRQ 10 for device 02:04.0
PCI: Sharing IRQ 10 with 00:1d.0
PCI: Sharing IRQ 10 with 01:00.0
Yenta IRQ list 02b8, PCI irq10
Socket status: 30000411
parport0: PC-style at 0x378 (0x778) [PCSPP,TRISTATE]
parport0: irq 7 detected
lp0: using parport0 (polling).
cs: IO port probe 0x0c00-0x0cff: clean.
cs: IO port probe 0x0800-0x08ff: clean.
cs: IO port probe 0x0100-0x04ff: excluding 0x4d0-0x4d7
cs: IO port probe 0x0a00-0x0aff: clean.
cs: memory probe 0xa0000000-0xa0ffffff: clean.
hostap_cs: 0.0.3 - 2003-05-18 (Jouni Malinen <jkmaline at>)
hostap_cs: setting Vcc=33 (constant)
hostap_cs: setting Vcc=50 (from config)
Checking CFTABLE_ENTRY 0x01 (default 0x01)
IO window settings: cfg->io.nwin=1
io->flags = 0x0046, io.base=0x0000, len=64
hostap_cs: index 0x01: Vcc 5.0, irq 3, io 0x0100-0x013f
hostap_cs: Registered netdevice wlan0
prism2_hw_init: initialized in 16328 iterations
wlan0: NIC: id=0x800c v1.0.0
wlan0: PRI: id=0x15 v1.0.7
wlan0: STA: id=0x1f v1.3.6
wlan0: defaulting to host-based encryption as a workaround for firmware bug in Host AP mode WEP
wlan0: defaulting to bogus WDS frame as a workaround for firmware bug in Host AP mode WDS
hostap_crypt: registered algorithm 'WEP'
prism2: wlan0: operating mode changed 3 -> 2
wlan0: LinkStatus=2 (Disconnected)
wlan0: LinkStatus: BSSID=00:09:5b:38:3f:59
wlan0: LinkStatus=1 (Connected)
wlan0: LinkStatus: BSSID=00:60:1d:f6:bd:f6
wlan0: prism2_open
device wlan0 entered promiscuous mode
device wlan0 left promiscuous mode
device wlan0 entered promiscuous mode

I'm a little bit lost here. I suspect the "managed" part is
incorrect (resp. insufficient for what I want), but I have no clue
what a correct setting might look like. 

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