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Old 05-02-2005, 11:47 AM   #1
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Can't `iwconfig wlan0 mode master`

I'm using ndiswrapper 1.1 with a LinkSys WMP11 (this one). The only modes I can set are ad-hoc and managed. I'm using the driver that came on the install CD (recommended by the HCL).

root@gateway:~# iwconfig wlan0 mode master
Error for wireless request "Set Mode" (8B06) :
    SET failed on device wlan0 ; Invalid argument.
root@gateway:~# ndiswrapper -l
Installed ndis drivers:
lsipnds driver present, hardware present
wmp11nds        driver present
Since I'd like to run this as a Master AP I'd kind of like to have it configured as such.

Based on the 'Building a Slackware Access Point' should I try installing a different driver (since I assume it's the driver that doesn't support the mode)?
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The Ndiswrapper site normally (that I have seen) recommends downloading the driver from links they provide. They say that the cd files normally give problems. Try reloading with files from Ndiswrapper's site.
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I don't think ndsiwrapper supports master mode:

And certain versions of the wmp11 have a broadcom chipset, which makes ndiswrapper the only driver for it:

If you have the original Prism2 version of the card, then install the hostap drivers, then it will work.
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It was in the FAQ how embarassing! Thanks aaa

For the others:
Is Master mode supported?
No! NDIS doesn't support Master/Repeater/Monitor modes. The only modes supported are Ad-Hoc and Managed. Note that some drivers may support features that are not in NDIS (e.g., showing signal noise and possibly Master mode), but they are proprietary and no documentation available for them, so such features won't be supported by ndiswrapper.


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