Re: Does the driver support WEP in AP mode ?

From: dennis (
Date: 2002-06-29 17:40:53 UTC

> > I haven't seen anything in the doc's that clearly state that HostAP
> > mode does not support WEP so I thought I'd pose the question to
> > check.
> Yes, WEP is supported in Host AP mode.

great, WEP will, at the very least, stop the drive by'ers... of course craking the key is trivial with "airsnort", but hey, it means a little extra effort is needed, most wouldn't bother hacking a WEP key used in a home AP....

> > As tunnelling ALL traffic from workstation/laptop to it's source
> > isn't usually possible wouldn't we all be allowing anyone to plug
> > into our AP's.
> Even with WEP we are allowing more less anyone to plug into our
> APs.. ;-)

Can the driver support Mac filtering ?

> > If WEP is not supported in HostAP mode, it effectively means that
> > the only use for the driver in HostAP is for a PTP link utilising
> > IPSec (etc.)
> Even with WEP supported, I would strongly recommend using IPSec or SSH
> on top of WEP.

My critical services are tunnelled over SSH, so that's not really a problem... I unfortunately still have POP accounts with companies that are not tunnelled, so for those accounts, my username/password is cleartext, in these cases WEP is required, the problem is that I'm using a PCMCIA 802.11b card on a windows laptop for my general computing... in this setup tunnelling everything isn't possible.

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