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Old 12-14-2003, 12:41 PM   #1
snablen
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Scanning for AP's in range with acx110-card


I've installed a wireless card with the ACX100 chipset and it is working just fine with my Suse 8.2 distro, using the acx100.sourceforge-projekt driver - as long as i know the essid, channel etc for the AP, which obvieosly is no problem as long as I am connecting to my own AP at home.

What I would like now was for the card to be able to scan for AP's in range so that i can connect to a public AP at my college, at a café or likevise, without having all the settings that need to be set in iwconfig.

For now the iwconfig settings are being loaded by a hotplug-script, while I am not able to set any of the wireless settings in any of the dir's or files that Suse normaly uses for setting wireless or other network settings.

Hopping somebody can help me out on this one, or at least make it clear to me, that it's not a possebility...
 
Old 12-19-2003, 05:50 AM   #2
finegan
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The acx100 open source driver is a bit beta, they've come a long long way, but its usually a beast to blackbox a driver. I know a true Monitor mode isn't that high up on their priority list. Usually if you set a card's mode to managed and its essid to "any" it'll snag a signal by itself, but then you'll still have to fire up dhcp manually.

Cheers,

Finegan
 
Old 12-20-2003, 06:01 PM   #3
akaBeaVis
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I was told once that the "few tricks" I've learned about some wireless chipsets was not all that valuable and would soon be obsolete, *sniffle* that's really going to bring me down

One thing I *do* know is that monitor mode has been in the open source acx100 driver for quite a few versions now as well as "iwconfig <dev> ap xx:xx:xx:xx:xx:xx". Actually, the driver still purports to be an "alpha" release (not beta), but is really quite useable on a day to day basis, monitor mode included, try downloading the latest version, acx100-0.2.0pre6_plus_fixes_10, kismet works quite well with this driver and has since about the end of October.

I discovered over 15 discreet networks driving down the middle of a 16 lane highway at 75 mph (actually my daughter was driving, heh) with this driver and kismet...it works.

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