unknown timeout using wpa_supplicant

Tony Jarnigan tony at jarnigan.net
Thu Nov 10 09:56:28 EST 2005

On 11/9/05, Jouni Malinen <jkmaline at cc.hut.fi> wrote:
> On Wed, Nov 09, 2005 at 12:09:35PM -0600, Tony Jarnigan wrote:
> > My Linux box (A) is using wpa_supplicant(v4.4) to do WPA-PSK to a Proxim
> AP.
> > It connects fine but when another machine(B) on the network tries to
> ping
> > it, there's no response; no ssh or vnc either although the daemons are
> > running. It's not iptables or any other firewall software, nothing is
> > running.
> >
> > Oddly enough, if A pings B, B can connect no problem. If I discontinue
> the
> > ping, the problem seems to come up again within 2 minutes. If I turn off
> > WPA-PSK and not run wpa_supplicant, everything works as expected.
> That sounds like issues with multicast/broadcast receive on the host
> (A). Pinging A->B allows (B) to update its ARP table without (A) having
> to receive broadcast arp who-has request and that 2 minutes would be a
> timeout for the ARP cache.
> What card and driver (including version) are you using on (A)?

Proxim 8470 using madwifi checked out 8/14/05: ath_pci=0.9.6, ath_hal= <>

I've just recently learned the new madwifi is out but haven't had a chance
to compile it. I'll investigate broadcast issues but it also seems to be
some interaction with wpa_supplicant since without wpa_supplicant, B can get
to A without A pinging B.

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