Optional WPA and RSN

Jim Thompson jim at netgate.com
Tue May 17 22:31:23 EDT 2005


Jouni Malinen wrote:

>On Thu, Apr 21, 2005 at 07:28:04PM +0200, Pawel Foremski wrote:
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>>And here is my question: would it need a lot work (possibly hacking 
>>hostapd/drivers) to make hostapd allow both no security at all and RSN (or at 
>>least old WPA) at the same time on one access point?
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>In order for this to work reliably with all client implementations, the
>AP would need to be sending out multiple beacon frames (one for each
>security mode; usually called "multiple BSSID" or "virtual AP"). This
>would need additional functionality from the card firmware/driver and
>unfortunately, the current Prism2/2.5/3 firmware does not support it.
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there are prism2/2.5/3 firmware variants that do, but they're not 
commonly available.

jim




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