b43 in AP mode?

John W. Linville linville at redhat.com
Thu Nov 29 14:19:18 UTC 2007

On Thu, Nov 29, 2007 at 12:20:51PM +0100, Zoltan Boszormenyi wrote:

> as seen on http://linuxwireless.org/en/users/Drivers/b43
> b43 supports AP mode. I am trying to create an in-house
> wireless network between my desktop machine and notebook.

AP mode is not currently supported upstream for mac80211-based drivers
(like b43).  Some F7 kernels have some old, broken code which claimed
to support AP mode.  But, you would be hard pressed to find a version
of hostapd that worked with any of them.

If your purpose is to share your Internet connection over wireless I
would have to advise using an IBSS (i.e. "ad hoc") wireless setup and
a routed solution (e.g. NAT or proxy ARP).  Even better, you might
consider just acquiring a consumer grade AP such as the WRT54G.


John W. Linville
linville at redhat.com

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