Re: hostap_plx to Belkin hardware AP communication does not work?

From: Xam R. Time (
Date: 2002-05-01 14:45:08 UTC

> The Belkin AP has the latest firmware (1.4g.8) and the PC Cards also seem to
> have the latest firmware (0.83).

To bad, so sad.  

> Is there something I am forgetting to do?

Not really, there's not much you could do.

It sounds (just from the firmware revision you mention) that the Belkin AP is really more Atmel hardwre under the hood. Thus, it will probably never fully implement (or even support) WDS frame formats, especially the hacked variety which are used for HostAP/OpenAP.

Anyway, I'm tried the same 'deal' with a linksys WAP11 (same hardware inside as your Belkin AP), interestingly enough, with I set the SSID and DSCHAN the same on the Wap11 and OpenAP, I see the familiar 'added AP 00:04:53:00:23:17 to list of APs' message on the console. However, I'm 100% sure that this wlan0ap0 link will never ever successfully recieve data from the WAP11, nor will the WAP11 ever successfully recieve data from an OpenAP.

However, setting the WAP11 to "ap client" mode at least allowed the WAP11 itself to associate as a station (via wlan0 on the OpenAP) -- however, whatever bridging style they use isn't appretly compatible with anything resembling WDS, and furthermore, it being associated as a station to wlan0 means even if it did speak WDS, the frame would never properly get decoded.

Anyway, sorry to dash the fun, but this was something I had hoped for myself and found would not work.

Anyway, why not use a real radio like a Musenki M1?


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