Re: Orinoco WPA/WPA2 ready on Linux, or just WEP?
On Sat, Jul 16, 2005 at 02:08:31AM +0200, Wolfgang Pfeiffer wrote:
> Hi Sven
> Thanks for your answer ...
> On Fri, Jul 15, 2005 at 11:17:25PM +0200, Sven Luther wrote:
> > On Thu, Jul 07, 2005 at 05:02:58PM +0200, Wolfgang Pfeiffer wrote:
> > > Hi all
> > >
> > > I'd like to know whether the "standard" Apple Airport card, about 2
> > > years old, can handle WPA key negotiation with the latest 2.6
> > > kernels:
> > Well, from my experience at debconf 05, whose wireless network seem to need
> > wpa stuff, i would say no, since nobody here has managed to make it work.
> You might be right: From what I learned the last days: You might get
> WPA working with "Hermes I" (or is this actually Orinoco Silver? .. )
> with wpasupplicant: But you need a 2.4 Kernel.
> One of the supported drivers for wpasupplicant:
> "Agere Systems Inc. Linux Driver (Hermes-I/Hermes-II chipset) (WPA, but not WPA2)"
> wpasupplicant says in its README
> [<http://hostap.epitest.fi/cgi-bin/viewcvs.cgi/hostap/wpa_supplicant/README?rev=1.84&content-type=text/vnd.viewcvs-markup>, excerpt]:
> Current hardware/software requirements:
> - Linux kernel 2.4.x or 2.6.x with Linux Wireless Extensions v15 or newer
> [ .... ]
> Agere Systems Inc. Linux Driver
> Please note that the driver interface file (driver_hermes.c) and
> hardware specific include files are not included in the
> wpa_supplicant distribution. You will need to copy these from the
> source package of the Agere driver.
> Agere's latest driver from
> (<http://www.agere.com/mobility/docs/wl_lkm_722_abg.tar.gz>) in turn
> supports only hermes II/II.5 (on 2.4), the, as it seems, older one
> (also 2.4 only, AFAIKS) both Hermes I and Hermes II:
> So unless I missed some important facts (definitely possible, as
> documentation for Linux/Orinoco in general, for what I found, seems to
> be a catastrophe) I need another radio card, as I'm not prepared to
> return back to 2.4 only to get a secure WLAN running ..
> My main problem still is that I do not know exactly what I have on
> this card, as the Apple naming convention actually is unusable:
> Apple Airport, and Airport Extreme, whatever this may be ...
The airport extreme is ome broadcom chip, while the normal one is an
orinoco/hermes one i think, not sure.
It seems a safe bet is the pcmcia ralink based cards, since they provide GPLed
drivers and are rather friendly.