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HostAP is a kernel module that works with wireless network cards based on the Intersil Prism chipset.

Version 1 cards are not supported, but the vast bulk of cards are prism 2, 2.5 or 3. This kernel module is for Linux, and replaces orinoco_cs and hermes. It allows your linux box to act as an access point, and offloads a lot of the framing work to the NIC's firmware, rather than doing it all in software.


Info on Driver

Debian's hostap-utils package

Short list of Prism cards

Massively long list of wireless cards and their Linux support

This is the script I use to start HostAP

------------start---------- killall -9 hostapd
ifconfig wlan0 down
ifconfig wlan0ap down
rmmod hostap_cs
rmmod hostap
rmmod hostap_crypt_wep
rmmod hostap_crypt

modprobe hostap_cs
modprobe hostap_crypt_wep
ifconfig wlan0 netmask broadcast
iwconfig wlan0 nick nicknameforaccesspoint key s:YourWepKeyHere?
hostapd /etc/hostapd/hostapd.conf &