hostap, wpa_supplicant and wifi pcmcia cards

DELORT Stephane Stephane.DELORT at
Wed May 25 08:55:16 EDT 2005


warm thanks to Tilman and thomas for your help.

I selected both the netgear WAG511 and the 3com 3CRPAG175. They should use atheros chipset - to be verified on the card - and are known to work with madwifi and hostap.
Moreover they can be bought easily in Europe.

Does anyone know what is the reason for the twice higher price of the 3 com in regard of the netgear's ?
Even if their is a 2Dbm gap between their transmission power I do not see any big diference.


-----Message d'origine-----
De : Tilman Schoop [mailto:Tilman.Schoop at]
Envoyé : mercredi 25 mai 2005 11:37
À : DELORT Stephane
Objet : Re: hostap, wpa_supplicant and wifi pcmcia cards

Hi Stephane,

I have wpa_supplicant with madwifi driver successfully and without
problems running on a 3com 3CRPAG175 card. Configuration for WPA
(EAP/TLS+TKIP); running in a WLAN network with 802.11b/g APs.
host is a i386 platform. I also want to use it on an ARM processor based
system, but at the moment I haven´t tested it.
Greatest problem with the cards is to find a combination of
wpa_supplicant, driver, chipset support.
At the moment I have no experiences with wpa2 but I don`t think
this is a great problem, because if the before mentioned combination
is running, I (teoretically) have support for all protocols that
wpa_supplicant supports.

hope that helps


DELORT Stephane schrieb:
> Hello @ll,
> I am about to buy a pcmcia card to carry out tests in our new wifi network. As this network configured to use PEAP/Mschap v2, I need a card able to deal with these protocols.
> My investigations lead me to atheros based chipset cards. Shortlisting the cards given in FreeBSD ath driver man-page with the pcmcia criteria, it appears that none of them is currently able to do WPA2 and 802.11x.
> However, since they have the atheros chipset, these cards can be used with hostap for RF monitoring and with wpa_supplicant (read from the wpa_supplicant website).
> Is it really possible to use WPA2 ant PEAP/mschap v2 with a card which specifications do not mention it ?
> (actually, there is either no record of these cards to run under linux/unix systems on their manufacturer's website)
> Here is a list of the cards I selected. It would be really interesting if I can have feedback of people knowing/using these cards.
> D-link DWL-AG650
> D-link DWL-G650B
> Linksys WPC55AG
> Netgear WAG511  (seems to be very common in europe and maybe be a piece of choice)
> Orinoco 8480
> 3com 3CRPAG175 (support of WPA2 and PEAP can be read on 3com website; it also have an X-jack antenna for improved transmission skills)
> Thanks in advance for any advice,
> Stéphane
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