USB support

Pavel Roskin proski at gnu.org
Tue Jul 1 17:48:52 EDT 2008


On Tue, 2008-07-01 at 17:16 -0400, Dan Williams wrote:

> Ugh.  I looked into just doing that, and it didn't look very nice.  I
> think there's just too much cruft between p80211 and linux-wlan-ng to
> try porting linux-wlan-ng over.  At the end of the day, it's probably
> about the same amount of work, and if that's true, I'd personally rather
> have a clean mac80211 driver.

That would be great.  Using mac80211 will also provide AP and WPA
support.  I think the device will need to run in HostAP mode all the
time.  Then it will be able to send any packets without the firmware
interfering.  The hostap driver can actually associate to another AP as
a station while acting as an AP.

> The appeal of porting to hostap was the ability to re-use constants and
> some of the hfa code.  Not sure how feasible that would be.  But the
> benefit of that is likely outweighed by the locking issues and
> synchronous command nature of hostap which would be probably be a bitch
> to fit the USB stuff into.  The locking required to do that seems
> difficult to get right.

The constants and the ideas can be used, but the code is better left
alone.

All we need is someone taking this project.

-- 
Regards,
Pavel Roskin


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