supplicant under WinXP

Bryan Kadzban bryan at
Tue Mar 21 17:41:27 EST 2006

Attila Ruzsinszky wrote:
> My first question:
> - Can I use those cards with WPA Enterprise because
> Windows drivers aren't supported, max. WPA-PSK
> (SMC) and WEP (Senao)?

The SMC card should work (since the driver reports WPA-PSK capability,
it should be able to to TKIP encryption, and AFAIK wpa_supplicant
handles everything else).  But the Senao card might have issues if its
XP drivers only support WEP.

Your output says:

> Initializing interface
> '\Device\NPF_{888D223C-4295-41F1-8B48-00EF7B147C74}' conf
> 'wpa_supplicant.conf' driver 'ndis' ctrl_interface 'N/A'
> Configuration file 'wpa_supplicant.conf' ->
> 'D:\wpa_supplicant-windows-bin-0.4.8/wpa_supplicant.conf'
> Reading configuration file
> 'D:\wpa_supplicant-windows-bin-0.4.8/wpa_supplicant.conf'
> ctrl_interface='/var/run/wpa_supplicant'
> eapol_version=1
> ap_scan=1

But later, you say:

> mySSID is hidden...

If the SSID is hidden, then it might be worth looking through [1] for
the documentation for the ap_scan parameter.  The value 2 might be
helpful, depending on your driver, but read the linked docs, as there
are several other things you have to set.  (Search the page for the
string ap_scan.)

Also note that hiding your SSID provides only *very* minimal security;
as soon as the first person associates, the SSID is sent in cleartext
over the air by both the station and the AP anyway.  (It has to be,
otherwise the AP wouldn't be able to see which SSID the client wants to
associate with.)

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