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Old 03-09-2007, 11:55 PM   #1
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Any program to setup laptop as access point ??

Hi, I am currently using OLSR routing protocol and mobile ip to do a project. There are 2 links are similar to my project as below:

Performance evaluation of the implementation integrating mobile-ip and olsr in Full ip networks

Integration of mobile-ip and OLSR for a universal mobility

I'm searching a program to install into my laptop to make it become as an access point. Did you have any suggestion about any programs ??

Please drop a message here if you know about it . Your helps are much needed and appreciated .

Thank you.
Old 03-10-2007, 05:00 PM   #2
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You don't need any special software to make a laptop with a WiFi card act as an AP under Linux.

All you need is a WiFi card that has drivers capable of Master mode. Not all cards can do this, but many can; including those supported by the RTL8180, HostAP, and MadWifi drivers.
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I had found a link as below:

I had checked the website and there is a part from the website as below:

Supported wireless cards/drivers
Host AP driver for Prism2/2.5/3
madwifi (Atheros ar521x) (Prism GT/Duette/Indigo)
BSD net80211 layer (e.g., Atheros driver) (FreeBSD 6-CURRENT)

But, I am using fedora core 4(kernel 2.6.11) and the wireless adapter i am using is Belkin Wireless G USB Network Adapter(F5D70500). Is that mean my adapter is not supported as mentioned above ??
Old 03-11-2007, 05:20 AM   #4
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The only mention I can find of that device is talking about ndiswrapper, so it doesn't look good.

Does the adapter work now? Can you connect to an existing network, or does the system at least detect it? If it is working, you can check which driver is loaded with "lsmod". If it isn't working at all, that may mean it has no native Linux support, and you will be limited to ndiswrapper (which does not support Master mode with any device).
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When i type "lsmod":

[root@localhost ~]# lsmod
Module Size Used by
parport_pc 28933 1
lp 13001 0
parport 40585 2 parport_pc,lp
autofs4 29253 2
rfcomm 42333 0
l2cap 30661 5 rfcomm
bluetooth 56133 4 rfcomm,l2cap
sunrpc 167813 1
ipt_REJECT 5569 1
ipt_state 1857 1
ip_conntrack 41497 1 ipt_state
iptable_filter 2881 1
ip_tables 19521 3 ipt_REJECT,ipt_state,iptable_filter
dm_mod 58101 0
video 15941 0
button 6609 0
battery 9413 0
ac 4805 0
md5 4033 1
ipv6 268097 8
ohci_hcd 26849 0
ehci_hcd 41037 0
shpchp 94405 0
i2c_sis96x 5445 0
i2c_core 21569 1 i2c_sis96x
snd_intel8x0 34689 2
snd_ac97_codec 75961 1 snd_intel8x0
snd_seq_dummy 3653 0
snd_seq_oss 37057 0
snd_seq_midi_event 9153 1 snd_seq_oss
snd_seq 62289 5 snd_seq_dummy,snd_seq_oss,snd_seq_midi_event
snd_seq_device 8781 3 snd_seq_dummy,snd_seq_oss,snd_seq
snd_pcm_oss 51185 0
snd_mixer_oss 17857 2 snd_pcm_oss
snd_pcm 100169 3 snd_intel8x0,snd_ac97_codec,snd_pcm_oss
snd_timer 33605 2 snd_seq,snd_pcm
snd 57157 11 snd_intel8x0,snd_ac97_codec,snd_seq_oss,snd_seq,snd_seq_device,snd_pcm_oss,snd_mixer_oss,snd_pcm,snd _timer
soundcore 10913 2 snd
snd_page_alloc 9669 2 snd_intel8x0,snd_pcm
ndiswrapper 183860 0
sis900 21697 0
floppy 65141 0
ext3 132553 1
jbd 86233 1 ext3

From the above, the ndiswrapper is equal to zero, is it mean its module not being loaded ??

My adapter is working fine with my ndiswrapper. I plan to install HostAP into my pc. Do you think it can work ?? If yes, did you know how to install it ??
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Just to make sure I understand everything clearly. If I have a WiFi card that supports the master mode than I can use that card to connect to a wifi LAN and also to use it as a AC. Is that correct or do I need to be connected to the lan some other way?


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