WEP and authentication modes

From: ben_at_netservers.co.uk
Date: 2002-04-11 17:28:38 UTC


I've just tried out the latest Host AP driver in our linux AP, to which we have a couple of windows boxes associating.

WEP itself seems to work fine with 40 and 104 bit keys. However, the driver does not appear to have any implimentation of shared key authentication, so we were getting 'unknown authentication algorithm (1)' in the linux syslogs. Sure enough, a quick look at the code seems to indicate that only open system is currently implimented - changing the clients to use open system makes it all work.

However, I'm rather puzzled by the reference in the change log saying 'use restricted as default WEP mode instead of open'. Why was the default set to restricted if restricted does not do anything? (It apparently ignores this setting and works in open mode regardless.)


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