Hostap v. Orinoco drivers

Tony Arnold tony.arnold at
Fri Sep 23 14:14:41 UTC 2005

On Fri, 2005-09-23 at 16:15 +0200, Alexander Volovics wrote:
> On Fri, Sep 23, 2005 at 01:47:35PM +0100, Tony Arnold wrote:
> > It occurs to me that the hostap driver may work with this card. I
> > believe it supports scanning. Does anyone have any experience of this,
> > and how do I activate it on my Hoary system? I see there is a
> > hostap-modules package in Synaptic. Is it sufficient to install this?
> I don't know if the hostap driver really works (well) with the
> Truemobile (pci?). But if you want to try it I would suggest going to 
> and downloading the hostap-driver tarball.
> The hostap-modules you see in synaptic is for an older kernel (2.4.6).
> Hoary uses a 2.6.x kernel so you can't use this module under Hoary!

Bizarre! I wonder why they put it there if it doesn't work?

> I downloaded and compiled 'hostap-driver-0.2.6.tar.gz' under hoary
> without problems and it works perfectly, also scanning and monitoring.
> You could try the newer version '0.3.9' though this gave me compile
> problems when it was a 'development release'.
> (Read the enclosed README with regard to 'pci' cards).

I've done something similar with the latest Orinoco driver, which
supports scanning, but not monitoring. I was hoping to find a package
based solution because at the moment, I have to recompile and install
the driver every time there is a kernel upgrade!

> I would NOT advice you to use the standard debian/ubuntu procedure
> for downloading source from the repo using tools like for example
> 'module-assistant' to compile. This bogs down in problems.

I'm not familiar with these tools anyway, but I can down load a tar ball
and recompile!

Thanks for your help.

Tony Arnold, IT Security Coordinator, University of Manchester,
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