From: Tony Toole (tony_at_valemount.com)
Date: 2002-06-04 21:05:01 UTC
If you are running as a client in station (Infrastructure / Managed) mode, then yes, everything is handled by the firmware, so the driver does not get any info frames other than your standard association / disassociation messages.
If you are running as a Host AP in Master / AP mode, then the authentication and association code is used to tell the Client weather they are allowed to associate or not.
If you are interested in the low-level details regarding this process, you may request the (free) Intersil developers manual from Intersil, after signing an NDA.
> Thanks! But...
> you mean authentication request is sent by station in firmware??? In that
> case, what's the point handling the authentication request by Base Station
> in the driver? After all the authentication reply to station would again
> be in Firmware!
> On Tue, 4 Jun 2002, Tony Toole wrote:
> > The station functions are mainly done in the firmware, so there would
> > any code specific to association / join handling in station mode. The
> > Master mode on the other hand is pretty much totally handled in the
> > which is why you see authentication functions related to it.
> > Hope that helps
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: "Indraneel Chakraborty" <indranil_at_MIT.EDU>
> > To: <hostap_at_lists.ssh.com>
> > Sent: Tuesday, June 04, 2002 12:57 PM
> > Subject: [Fwd: Question about station mode]
> > >
> > Hi,
> > Although AP/Station modes are separately supported in the latest
> > release, I cannot seem to find some code which is exclusively for
> > Stations. For example, where is the "Request for Authentication" code?
> > I can see handle_authen in prism2_ap.c but not its complementary
> > function for the Stations!
> > Thanks in advance for the help I would get!
> > -Indraneel
> > >