Subject: Re: NetBSD<->wlan<->win95?
To: Jukka Marin <>
From: Steven M. Bellovin <>
List: netbsd-users
Date: 10/17/2002 11:25:45
In message <>, Jukka Marin writes:
>On Thu, Oct 17, 2002 at 04:11:41PM +0200, Martin Husemann wrote:
>> > I tried to get a win95 laptop talking to NetBSD 1.6 using Lucent
>> I do this with a Win98 system, and IIRC the windows driver needs to be
>> set to "base station" connection type, while NetBSD is in adhoc mode.
>If I do this, the machines will no longer be able to communicate
>directly, but have to go through the base station (I have three
>WLAN machines at the moment)?  This would be slower, I guess?

Right, and your NetBSD machine would have to be configured with IP 

>On Thu, Oct 17, 2002 at 10:19:54AM -0400, Steven M. Bellovin wrote:
>> That's not the way to do it.  You could put them both in ad hoc mode, 
>The windows software has "peer-to-peer" and "base station" modes (or
>some such).  Which one is "ad hoc"? :)

peer-to-peer is, I think, ad hoc.

>> or you can easily turn the NetBSD machine into a quasi-base station 
>> with the '-q networkname -c 1' options to wiconfig.  The latter starts 
>> up IBSS mode.
>I'll try this, too, but I'd rather keep my NetBSD boxes in "ad hoc"
>mode, if possible.
>> You need new-enough firmware on the NetBSD system's card.  See
>> for more 
>> information.
>Thanks, I'll check that.
That's for IBSS mode, which you don't want to use...

		--Steve Bellovin, (me) ("Firewalls" book)