Subject: Re: wi(4) modes of operation
To: None <>
From: Paul Dokas <>
List: current-users
Date: 03/26/2001 20:37:22
On Thu, Mar 22, 2001 at 12:40:57PM -0700, Brook Milligan wrote:
>    | You can use a base station, but you need to actually have a base station.
>      In fact you don't. The "create IBSS" switch -- though noted as
>    not working in the man page -- does indeed work all right with a
>    recent version of the Wavelan's firmware.
> Thanks.  Now that I've upgraded the cards I see that, too.
> Firmware v7.28 will do IBSS mode just fine.
> Cheers,
> Brook

Interesting...  However, IBSS mode is not what a base station does.
What would be *really* cool is for someone to figure out how to put
a wireless NIC into true base station mode.  That way, I could shoe-
horn NetBSD into all of those Apple base stations that they've been
installing all over my campus...

From what I've seen, it appears that the docs that describe how to
initiate true base station mode are a very closely guarded secret.
Nobody that I've heard of has created open-source code to turn a
wireless NIC into a real base station.

Paul Dokas                                  
Don Juan Matus:  "an enigma wrapped in mystery wrapped in a tortilla."