Re: HAP and Firmware AP identification

From: Jouni Malinen (
Date: 2002-07-29 16:59:20 UTC

On Sat, Jul 27, 2002 at 08:08:19AM -0700, R Selvaraj wrote:

> While connecting to the Host AP the ORINOCO client dispalys it by a thin and plain white box. But the same ORINOCO client if connected to the Accton AP box it dispalys the AP with a thin black box also with the text "AP" written on it.
> So far I was thinking that to a WLAN station cann't identify the AP type,ie Firmware or Host AP.

Orinoco uses some kind of information polling frames to get signal quality information from the AP. This info frame includes also some other data like the nickname, but I haven't seen any documentation for the used frames, so I'm not fully sure about all the data.

Secondary station firmware takes care of replying to those information exchange frames and the driver does not get any change of even seeing these frames. It looks like the station firmware uses somewhat incompatible data (e.g., Orinoco's Windows tools show invalid signal quality for the remote system) and this could be causing the different icons for the APs using Host AP mode.

Jouni Malinen                                            PGP id EFC895FA

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