Re: how to test AP mode?

From: Jouni Malinen (
Date: 2002-07-25 17:28:29 UTC

On Tue, Jul 16, 2002 at 05:54:59PM -0700, Jun Sun wrote:

> BTW, what is the difference between "repeater" mode and "master" mode?

'Repeater' mode in Host AP driver would actually be better named as 'WDS mode'. It is used to create IEEE 802.11 compliant WDS links (e.g., for bridging frames between two Ethernets or for using wireless "backbone" between APs). Master mode adds management frame handling to this, i.e., it allows stations to authenticate and associate with the AP. However, due to a firmware bug, WDS links cannot send IEEE 802.11 compliant frames in Host AP mode. This is the main reason I added 'Repeater' mode, which does not support management frames.

Jouni Malinen                                            PGP id EFC895FA

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