Subject: Re: NetBSD support for TKIP (aka WPA) and/or 802.11i?
To: None <>
From: David Young <>
List: tech-net
Date: 10/28/2004 11:43:30
On Thu, Oct 28, 2004 at 04:12:53PM +0100, Rui Paulo wrote:
> Off-topic:
> Not to mention that WPA is missing from NetBSD, I couldn't find any
> device able to interoperate with 802.11g (yes I know, there are
> patches for Prism54). How is wireless support going on FreeBSD 5 or
> the other BSDs ? Is there any kind of barrier that makes hard to
> support wireless drivers in NetBSD ?

There are Atheros chips that support 802.11g.  I couldn't tell you
a part number.

I cannot think of a single barrier to supporting wireless drivers in
NetBSD.  One just has to commit a lot of time to it.  I don't have large
chunks of time to commit to 802.11 drivers like I used to.  I am happy
to provide technical support for anyone who would take on these projects:

    * finish rtw (it seems likely that OpenBSD will have this driver
      before we do)
    * eliminate the delay loops and race condition in wi
    * add a USB attachment for wi
    * port pff (Prism 54)
    * add ADM8211B support (ADM8211 has AP capability) to atw
    * port TKIP/WPA/... support to NetBSD
    * add a roaming facility to NetBSD (a daemon and some
      kernel support)


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