i have a RaLink-based PCI wireless adapter which uses rt2500pci driver. I've read in the kernel changelog for 2.6.26 that master mode is supported again. So I grab the kernel and try to iwconfig wlan0 mode master. Yet all I get is
# iwconfig wlan0 mode master
Error for wireless request "Set Mode" (8B06) :
SET failed on device wlan0 ; Invalid argument.[/code2k6mak8j]
What is the status of master mode in mainline kernel? Is my hardware master-capable and how do I test it? Does it make any sense to try the git? Or am I simply doing it wrong?
lspci sees my card as
[code2k6mak8j]Network controller: RaLink RT2500 802.11g Cardbus/mini-PCI (rev 01)[/code2k6mak8j]
I'll appreciate any help.
Please use the search button on this forum.
Then you find why the above command fails, what the status is, and how you can experiment with master mode.
I did a search before posting, but it was too specific, I am afraid.
For anyone who finds this thread, I'll post short summary of what is needed atm to make master work with rt2500pci
Basically it is very wise to follow this howto [url30st1fja]http://gentoo-wiki.com/Wireless/libnl_Access_Point#Configuration_of_hostapd[/url30st1fja].
For me the whole has worked with official 2.6.26 kernel, libnl-1.1-r1 and git of hostapd. As a gentoo user I have encountered some problems however, as hostapd init script didn't want to start before wlan0 is started. I had to disable wpa_supplicant module and change /etc/conf.d/net as follows
[code30st1fja]config_wlan0=( "192.168.1.1 netmask 255.255.0.0" )
So far I brought the acccesspoint with WPA-PSK-TKIP up, will try other modes and maybe make a summary.