USB support

Jouni Malinen j at
Sun Jul 6 02:08:57 EDT 2008

On Tue, Jul 01, 2008 at 05:48:52PM -0400, Pavel Roskin wrote:

> 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.

Prism2/2.5/3 Host AP mode is not that flexible.. Yes, some firmware
versions allow manual association as a client in that mode, but all
recent ones do not. Furthermore, power saving would not work and I would
expect there to be number of other issues. I would not waste time trying
to get that working and would just stick to using the designed station
(i.e., non-Host AP) mode for all client operation. This does not work
well with the current mac80211, though.

Unless mac80211 is extended to support full MAC type of client
operations, I would expect Prism2.5/3 USB support with mac80211 to be
limited to an AP mode only. Whether there is really enough interest for
doing a low-level driver for just that is an open question; personally,
I would see much better uses for one's time..

Jouni Malinen                                            PGP id EFC895FA

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