From: PinkFreud (pf-hostap_at_mirkwood.net)
Date: 2002-09-13 15:59:39 UTC
On Fri, Sep 13, 2002 at 01:31:07AM -0500, Brian Capouch babbled thus:
> Date: Fri, 13 Sep 2002 01:31:07 -0500
> From: Brian Capouch <brianc_at_palaver.net>
> User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:1.2a) Gecko/20020910
> To: PinkFreud <pf-hostap_at_mirkwood.net>
> CC: hostap_at_lists.ssh.com
> Subject: Re: RESOLVED! was: NetGear MA401, firmware 1.3.6, cannot use hostap
> mode, massive transmission errors, difficulty speaking to the rest of the
> PinkFreud wrote:> I think I have figured this out. A buggy orinoco_cs
> driver in 2.4.18
> >seemed to be the cause of at least one of the problems I was
> *A" buggy orinoco_cs driver?
> I'd say --->THE<--- buggy orinoco_cs driver!!
> I haven't been able to get a sustained connection out of that driver,
> talking to any of a wide variety of access points, with my Lucent silver
> cards in about fifteen different computers.
I can't get that driver to work at all for my Lucent WaveLan Gold cards. I have no choice but to use wvlan_cs for those. I also found out (the hard way, it seems) that trying to get ANYTHING else to talk to those cards in ad-hoc mode is futile (they'll talk to anything else in managed mode, at least).
As for the orinoco_cs driver and my NetGear cards - it does recognize the card, at least. But, as I described earlier, there is a shitload of transmit (or receive, depending on what side of the link you're on) errors. Apparently, this particular bug was fixed some time before 2.4.19 came out (around April, I think). However, since I have plans to try to bridge a vmware virtual machine on the laptop to the existing network, I should have been playing with the hostap driver from the start if I wanted any chance to do this. :)
> The first thing I do on a new install is blow those away. I can't
> believe something so dysfunctional seems to be the "canonical" driver
> for the Hermes-chipset cards.
> Does anyone here know the story on this deal? I don't know of a soul
> who has found it to work reliably, at least in the 2.4.x kernel series.
I haven't had it work reliably yet - but then again, my hardware so far consists of: ancient WaveLan (before the Orinoco name change, firmware never updated - perhaps that's why those cards are such a pain in the ass...), and Prism2 (NetGear).
I haven't seen anyone answer my other question in this thread - Why don't ARP replies get sent out from the laptop in ad-hoc mode (even with the laptop using the hostap driver)? When using it in managed mode (with the gateway system functioning in HostAP mode), it works flawlessly.
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