Subject: Re: [SoC 2007] User-friendly wifi browser proposal
To: None <>
From: David Young <>
List: tech-net
Date: 03/25/2007 23:41:28
On Sun, Mar 25, 2007 at 01:56:32PM -0700, Gordon Stratton wrote:
> Hello,
> I've been preparing a project proposal for the Google's Summer of
> Code, and I'd really like to get input from everybody as to the
> viability of this project, as well as things that people would like to
> see done in this project as the summary on the NetBSD project's page
> is short.  I've attached the abstract that would be submitted in the
> application as well as created a webpage[1] for the detailed portion
> of the application, but they reflect my personal interpretation of the
> project requirements, so other input would be great.

I recommend doing your development using an Atheros a/b/g card.  The
drivers for so-called "dumb packet engines" (ath, atw, ral, rtw) should
be most net80211-like in scanning.  In general, drivers for the Intel
cards (ipw, iwi), the Cisco/Intersil/Lucent cards (an, wi) and others
with a firmware, will not work right with the net80211 scanning API.

Please bear in mind that with NetBSD's ifconfig, we cannot presently
configure all of the WiFi options that the kernel supports.  It will
probably be necessary to activate wpa_supplicant in order to associate
with any WPA/WPA2 network.


David Young             OJC Technologies      Urbana, IL * (217) 278-3933