Host AP for Prism 54

Chris Evans cwevans at acm.org
Tue Jul 27 13:27:51 EDT 2004


you mention prism54.org which is for g based cards.

FAQ #8 has...

8. Does Host AP driver support IEEE 802.11a and 802.11g? Does it support
    chipsets other than Prism 2/2.5/3?

Host AP driver supports only Intersil Prism chipsets, versions 2, 2.5,
and 3. Those chipsets support IEEE 802.11b only; other chipsets are
not supported. All utilities distributed with Host AP driver except
wpa_supplicant work only with Host AP driver, so they are limited to
the same hardware. wpa_supplicant works with other drivers, including
those that support 802.11a and 802.11g.


On Jul 27, 2004, at 10:16 AM, Simon French wrote:

> Hi all,
>  
> I'm just starting out with using wifi on Linux. I have a Prism Durette 
> card and I wonder why I can't use the host AP driver with it. I know 
> there is a driver at prism54.org specifically for the Prism Durette & 
> friends, but it is lagging well behind in features. Not only do I want 
> to use WPA. I also want to use multiple SSIDs at the same time. I want 
> to configure my firewall to let me access the local 
> network with one SSID, but also let my neighbors use my AP with a 
> different SSID (to access the Internet only). Plus it's just more fun 
> for me to learn about the wifi code if I can hack the driver myself.
>  
> Anyone know what would be involved to support this? I have heard that 
> the new prism firmware doesn't support host AP mode. But it seems to 
> me that the Prism Durette can't be fundamentally incompatible with 
> host AP mode because it allows me to sniff packets on the wlan. If I 
> can do that, I ought to be able to process them using the hostap 
> driver's code path. Right?
>  
> Thanks for your advice,
> Simon
>  
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