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Re: WLAN miniPCI or USB

On Wed, 8 Feb 2012 14:15:42 +0000 (UTC)
Ramon Hofer <ramonhofer@bluewin.ch> wrote:

> Hi all
> Sorry if this is a bit off topic but maybe someone has some experience 
> and wants to share them with me :-)
> I have an Alix board [1] which I use as network manager (DHCP, DNS, NTP, 
> etc.)
> I'd like to add a WLAN interface so that I can use it as WLAN access 
> point. It has miniPCI and USB.
> One card which I found and think should work is the TP-Link TL-WN861N. As 
> per linuxwireless it uses the ath9k driver. They list these modes of 
> operation:
> Station Mode, *AP Mode*, IBSS Mode, Monitor Mode, Mesh point with HT 
> support, as well as RSN, WDS (as of >= 2.6.37).
> This means it should be possible to use this module because AP means 
> Access Point or am I wrong?

I'm pretty sure it means Access Point; in any event, STW for "TL-WN861N
hostapd" yields many people using / trying to use that card as an
access point, e.g.:


> Maybe there are some other suggestion?
> Or should I better go for an USB device?

My impression is that there is in general better support for [mini]PCI
cards, but I'm not absolutely sure about this, and it's certainly not a
hard and fast rule.


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