Re: wireless-tools are unavailable when interface is down

From: Jouni Malinen (
Date: 2002-04-13 15:33:25 UTC

On Sat, Apr 13, 2002 at 10:29:24AM -0500, Xam R. Time wrote:

> the signal quality number back from the AP; is this information
> distributed in the AP's beacons somehow? I can't understand how the
> survey tool would otherwise recieve this data back from the AP.

It's not in the beacon frames, but most probably in the data frame that Prism2 firmware handled itself.

> I wonder if it would pay to sniff a few of the frames the lucent AP
> sends a client card. Hopefully it contains the S/N and other quality
> data the AP is seeing from the client. Wish I had an RG-1000 lying
> arround to test on, or some compliant lucent AP.

Well.. It would probably be possible to decipher the contents of the frames, but as long as firmware does not pass them to the driver (in other than monitor mode), knowing the frame format would not be very helpful.

Jouni Malinen                                            PGP id EFC895FA

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