Re: access point using 3945
On Sat, 01 Jan 2011 10:22:40 -0800, briand wrote:
> On Sat, 1 Jan 2011 16:30:52 +0000 (UTC) Camaleón <email@example.com>
>> OTOH, it seems that "iwl3945" driver does not allow the card to be set
>> in master mode (AP), as you said:
>> Additional documentation on this can be found here:
> aargh. I think I finally figured out what's going on - the web pages
> were quite confusing. looks like I'm SOL, and that I do _have_ to use
> the iwl3945 driver for the device. I thought it had been superceded by
> an open-source driver which provided AP functionality.
Let's see... Yes, the docs are quite confusing.
As I understand, "nl80211" is not a driver "per se" but an API for
drivers to use of it. It seems it will replace "wext" extentions and
that's all its role.
If we continue reading, we get:
"All new mac80211 based drivers that implement AP functionality are
supported with hostapd's nl80211 driver."
Note the "that implement AP functionality", because I think that's the
key point here. So we if we go to the drivers table we can see that Intel
drivers support "cfg80211" but not all modes are available.
> I was wrong. don't buy this card if you want to turn it into an AP. All
> you folks that think closed-source drivers don't matter - this is why it
> does. I can't do this precisely because this goofy card uses a closed
> source binary firmware load.
Yes, that's right. I'm afraid your hardware/firmware combo does not
support AP mode :-(
The "why", I dunno. Note that Broadcom cards (b43) or Ralink (rt2800,
some models) also need a closed or non-modificable firmware but still
they provide AP capabilities :-?