Use hostapd to set master mode?

Ahmad Ali Tabassam ahmadthe8 at
Mon Feb 23 03:22:56 EST 2009

On Sat, Feb 21, 2009 at 10:45:36AM -0800, Grant wrote:

>> I'm being told in #madwifi that I need to use hostapd to set master
>> mode with ath5k since iwconfig gives me:
>> ath0 does not support setting the mode to "master"
>> I've always set master mode with iwconfig and then started hostapd to
>> control authentication.  How can I use hostapd to set master mode?

>By starting it.. Just set driver=nl80211 in hostapd.conf and hostapd
>takes care of the details.

Hello Everyone
Am I right, just seting driver=nl80211 in hostapd.conf does not work for ath5k but for ath9k.
for ath5k we also have add the following extra line? any idea ?

--- wireless-testing/drivers/net/wireless/ath5k/base.c      2009-02-10 06:11:43.186470883 +0100
+++ wireless-testing/drivers/net/wireless/ath5k/base.c.old      2008-11-14 09:36:40.000000000 +0100
@@ -522,6 +501,7 @@
        hw->wiphy->interface_modes =
                BIT(NL80211_IFTYPE_STATION) |
                BIT(NL80211_IFTYPE_ADHOC) |
 +              BIT(NL80211_IFTYPE_AP) |

        hw->extra_tx_headroom = 2;

Best Regards 

Ahmad Ali Tabassam
Institute Industrial IT

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