Subject: Re: IBSS mode between Cisco Aironet and Lucent Orinoco: no play
To: Johan Ihren <>
From: Anders Franzen <>
List: current-users
Date: 03/28/2001 10:58:32
Johan Ihren wrote:

> Hi,
> Some weeks ago Angrew Gillham (thanks!) tried to help me get this
> working, but then I lost access to the Orinoco card for a while, so
> I'm coming back to this first now.
> > > did you get this to work? I've poked at it a bit, but no success
> > > sofar. I.e. if you've got an an0 to talk to a wi0 without any AP in
> > > the middle, please tell me exactly what you did...
> >
> > Yes it works.  I have a recent version of WaveLAN firmware (6.x?) which
> > is required to get the two to interoperate.
> > On my wi() machine, in /etc/netstart.local I have:
> >       /usr/sbin/wiconfig wi0 -n "NetBSD IBSS" -p 1 -c 1
> >
> > In /etc/ifconfig.wi0:
> > inet x.x.x.x netmask nwkey 12345
> If I do exactly this on a desktop machine and then plug an
> Orinoco/Lucent card into my laptop everything works like a charm:
> bash# ifconfig wi0
>         nwid "NetBSD IBSS"
>         powersave off
>         media: IEEE802.11 autoselect adhoc
>         status: active
>         inet netmask 0xffffff00 broadcast
>         inet6 fe80::202:2dff:fe03:ada6%wi0 prefixlen 64 scopeid 0x5

Hi, I'm running the Lucent Orinoco in IBSS mode, and I dont think it says
''media adhoc'' when I do ifconfig.

Try doing the config in 2 steps (work for me).
wiconfig wi0 -p 1            # to get it into BSS mode
wiconfig wi0 -c 1            # to allow creation of BSS