hostap, wpa_supplicant and wifi pcmcia cards

Petros Kolyvas pkolyvas at
Thu May 26 02:42:14 EDT 2005

DELORT Stephane wrote:
> 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

I have a D-Link DWL-AG650 running with the latest unstable 
wpa_supplicant fully functional when connected to my access point using 
CCMP (PSK). While not technically WPA2 it functions flawlessly even 
though the card didn't support anything other than WEP/TKIP officially.

Hope that helps.


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