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* doc/config.linux-wlan-ng
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1. Summary
This document describes a little more of the detail behind configuring the
linux-wlan system.
2. Installed Componenents
The linux-wlan-ng package consists of the following components:
p80211.o Kernel module for 802.11 services
prism2sta_cs.o Kernel module for the Prism2 PCMCIA device
wlanctl-ng User-mode utility for sending commands to
802.11 services and MAC-specific drivers.
wland User-mode daemon for receiving and handling
events from 802.11 services and MAC-specific
drivers (not used in this version).
/etc/pcmcia/wlan-ng* PCMCIA event and configuration scripts
*prism2dl This utility is used for loading firmware
images into prism2 cards. DO NOT USE IT!
This utility has the capability to damage a
card in a way that can only be repaired by the
When a 'make install' is performed, the modules are copied to the
/usr/lib/modules/<kernelver>/net and /usr/lib/modules/pcmcia directory,
the user-mode utilities are copied to /sbin, and the contents of
linux-wlan-ng/etc/pcmcia are copied to the /etc/pcmcia directory. If
necessary, the pcmcia config files are altered to include a reference to
the wlan-ng.conf file containing the information cardmgr uses to match
card CIS information to specific device drivers at card insertion time.
NOTE: It is very important that you restart your pcmcia services after
installing linux-wlan-ng. cardmgr will not recognize the information
in the wlan-ng.conf file until after it has been restarted.
3. Configuration Variables
To configure your installation for use, it will probably be necessary
to edit the /etc/pcmcia/wlan-ng.opts file. This file contains a
collection of variable assignments that are used by the wlan-ng script
to intialize your card at insertion time. The variables are broken
Many of the choices involved in choosing configuration variable
settings are dependent on whether you are setting up your system as a
Station (STA) or an Access Point (AP). STA configuration is most
common. If you are using a mobile station that will connect to one or
more APs, STA configuration is all you will need.
3.1 ENABLE Group
The only variable is this group is:
This variable determines whether the card will be intialized,
configured for operation, and your protocol stack configured.
Generally, you always want this set to 'y'. For some cards,
you will set this variable to 'n' when performing card
maintenance like firmware upgrades.
3.2 DOWNLOAD Group
The DOWNLOAD group contains variables that indicate if code or data
needs to be downloaded to the card prior to initialization and normal
operation. Currently, this is only required for the Prism2 card when
running in AP mode.
Set this variable to 'y' if code or data must be downloaded
into the card prior to operation.
This variable contains the name of the program used to
download the code into the card.
This variable contains the name of the file you wish to
3.3 USER MIB Group
There is only one variable in this group, USER_MIBS. You may add your
own local MIB item assignments assignments to this variable. The
wlan-ng script will loop through the assignments found in this
variable and configure the card with each one prior to final
configuration and enable.
3.4 WEP Group
The variables in the WEP group are used to configure the 802.11 "Wired
Equivalent Privacy" element of the MAC if it is supported. The driver
is queried for WEP support prior to attempting WEP configuration. If
the driver states that WEP is NOT supported, these variables are
ignored. Note that you may need to set some of these variables even if
you are not using the privacy service. If shared-key authentication
is used, the WEP keys must be present.
Set this variable to "true" to enable the WEP support.
Set these to true if you want WEP to be handled by the driver
instead of the hardware. The only downside of this is that it
takes a bit of CPU time and you lose the ability to handle
fragmentation. However, with prism2 cards, you should see a
performance boost, and with prism2.5 cards, this may avoid lockups.
This variable identifies which of the WEP keys is the default
key used for all transmits from this station. In some
implementations, this can be changed (or rotated) later.
Setting this variable to "true" and dot11PrivacyInvoked to
true, has the effect of making WEP completely required for this
station (or AP). If set to "true", this STA will discard any
received frames that are not encrypted.
Some vendors include "WEP Key Generator" programs as part of
their windows or AP implementations. This is purely a
convenience to prevent you from having to type in 40
hexadecimal digits. It does not contribute to the secrity of
your system at all. In some cases, we've included small
programs that generate keys in a manner compatible with the
vendor's method. If you wish to use this capability, include
the name of the generator program here.
Every generator implementation we've seen so far uses some
kind of 'passphrase' to generate the keys. This variable
contains the passphrase. To disable the use of a generator,
leave this variable empty.
If you are configuring your keys by hand, you need to assign
these four variables. The format is "xx:xx:xx:xx:xx" and the
order of the keys in these variables IS IMPORTANT. Note: If
the PRIV_GENSTR variable is not empty, these variables are
3.5 STA Group
Currently, there is only one variable in the STA group. This will
change over time.
This variable contains the SSID or "network name" of the
wireless network you wish to associate with.
3.6 AP START Group
If you have access to the necessary hardware and firmware, this driver
can be used to set up a Access Point. To configure for an access
point, set the IS_AP variable to 'y'. The following is a quick
summary of the other AP configuration variables:
Defines the ethernet device that will be the 'other' port for
bridging 802.11 frames.
Defines the SSID that the AP will use when creating the network.
Defines the beacon interval (in Kus) that the AP will use.
Defines the DTIM interval (in beacon intervals).
false | false | No point coordination by this AP
false | true | AP will point coordinate for delivery only
true | false | AP will point coordinate for deliver and polling
true | true | Reserved
Defines how often the contention free period occurrs (in
Defines the maximum length of the contention free period (in
Not used for infrastructure networks, any value is valid.
Channel that the AP will create the network on. Range of valid
values depends on you regulatory domain. In the USA and Canada
the range is 1-11. In Japan the range is 1-14.
A whitespace separated list of data rates in units of 500Kb/s.
The basic rate set is the set of rates that stations MUST
support to be allowed to join the network.
APOPRATES="2 4 11 22"
A whitespace separated list of data rates in units of 500Kb/s.
The operational rate set is the set of rates that are allowed
in the network. It must be a superset of the basic rates
To complete the configuration of an Access Point, you will need to
make sure you have kernel bridging enable in your currently running
kernel and have the brcfg utility installed. One version of the brcfg
utility can be found at
To start the access point running, make sure the ethernet card is in the
system first. Then insert the WLAN card and everything should be
configured automatically by the /etc/pcmcia/wlan-ng script.