Re: Setting up new system

From: Jason Boxman (
Date: 2002-08-09 03:41:48 UTC

On Thursday 08 August 2002 07:14 pm, Jeff Meden wrote:
> Can someone explain or point me towards a explanation of the pieces
> involved in running the hostap driver. Ive sucessfully built hostap
> systems for cards but still dont really see how the Kernel, Wireless
> Extenions, Wireless Tools, and HostAP fit together. This is related to
> some issues ive been having recently with the wireless tools complaining
> about the wrong version of wireless extensions being used by the
> wireless cards. Thanks in advance for the help!

Well, the wireless extensions allow device drivers to conform to a standard way of manipulating the wireless hardware via the wireless tools. (Or at least, that's how it seems -- If I'm wrong someone will call me on it.) And, HostAP is the driver option, of course.

I don't know anything about wrong versions of wireless extensions. Perhaps you need a more recent copy of the Linux kernel? I'm using 2.4.18 with the latest release of HostAP and everything 'just works' on this end. I have a LinkSys WPC11 PCI card with the latest firmware update LinkSys has made available.

> Jeff Meden

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