Subject: Re: wpa_supplicant and linksys wrt54gl
To: None <>
From: Sarton O'Brien <>
List: current-users
Date: 01/21/2007 11:53:31
> >> On 20 Jan 2007, at 12:55, haad wrote:
> >>> This week I bought new linksys wrt54Gl router.
> >>> My laptop has ipw card.
> >>
> >> Unfortunately, wpa_supplicant won't work with ipw because the ipw
> >> driver
> >> doesn't work correctly with the net80211 stack.
> >
> > I circulated mods for the freebsd version that overhauled the
> > driver to
> > more properly integrate w/ net80211 but got zero feedback so lost
> > interest.  wpa worked but because of firmware bugs it was very
> > fragile.
> >  Given the cost of minipci cards that do b/g it's really hard to get
> > inspired about improving support for legacy cards like this.
> >
> > Separately we should verify that wpa_supplicant dtrt when a driver
> > isn't
> > marked as WPA-capable.  I suspect it does not which is the root
> > cause of
> > user confusion.

I didn't realise BSD lacked decent ipw support. If you are wanting to utilise 
that card, using linux with wext for wpa_supplicant is about the only way to 
get the most out of it. I've never had the ipw option work reliably yet.

Depends on your version of ipw but there is and 
a few links here and there for config, firmware and updated 80211 wext and 
wireless tools. Once again, all linux.

I'd recommend archlinux (bsd-like with rc.d style) as it will most likely run 
out of the box with generic kernel and have all the latest software on tap.