EAPOL-Key timeouts with Intel 2100B Client on XP
marcus.pollice at gmail.com
Tue Jan 25 11:32:45 EST 2011
I have a rather weird problem with hostapd. After setting up everything
I tested it with a couple of laptops. At first everything looked fine
but one particular WinXP laptop with a Intel 2100B module had lots of
connection problems. Basically the connection got reset every now and
then. I investigated and raised the log level of hostapd and got a lot
of these messages: "WPA: EAPOL-Key timeout"
I experimented with various settings including eapol_version=1 and
eapol_key_index_workaround=1, but to no avail. What is really puzzling
me is that it works very well (read: 1hour+ streaming, file transfers,
etc.) with a rather recent Windows 7 laptop (with a n-mode adapter from
Broadcom). I also tested with another Windows XP machine using a Intel
3945ABG module and it worked fine as well, so there must be something
weird going on on this one machine. Both WinXP machines are patched to
SP3 with all recent updates.
hostapd 0.7.3 is running on a Gentoo machine with a Broadcom BCM4318
module, running kernel 2.6.36. I took the default hostapd config file
and worked from there (the wme settings and some others were already
there). If you need more information regarding employed software
versions I'd happily provide it.
Any hints what I could do to get that old XP box to work with it would
be appreciated as it was the reason I set up the thing in the first
place in order to get rid of another old WLAN router I'm operating only
for that laptop. If there is no solution I can continue to operate the
old router, but maybe there is more to it so I'm asking here.
I hope this is no repost. I originally thought I can simply send a mail
to the newsgroup without subscribing, but apparently this doesn't work
so well (got a message it requires moderator approval which apparently
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