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  • Option: HOSTAP
    • Kernel Versions: 2.6.15.6 ...
    • (on/off/module) IEEE 802.11 for Host AP (Prism2/2.5/3 and WEP/TKIP/CCMP)
    • depends on NET_RADIO
    • select IEEE80211
    • select IEEE80211_CRYPT_WEP

driver code for IEEE 802.11b wireless cards based on Prism2/2.5/3 chipset. This driver supports so called AP mode that allows the card to act as an IEEE 802.11 point.

<http://hostap.epitest.fi/> for more information about the AP driver configuration and tools. This site includes and tools (hostapd and wpa_supplicant) for WPA/WPA2 .

option includes the base Host AP driver code that is shared by hardware models. You will also need to enable support for /PCI/CS version of the driver to actually use the driver.

driver can be compiled as a module and it will be called hostap.ko.


  • Option: HOSTAP_FIRMWARE
    • Kernel Versions: 2.6.15.6 ...
    • (on/off) Support downloading firmware images with Host AP driver
    • depends on HOSTAP

Host AP driver to include support for firmware image . Current version supports only downloading to volatile, i.e., memory. Flash upgrade is not yet supported.

image downloading needs user space tool, prism2_srec. It is from http://hostap.epitest.fi/.


  • Option: HOSTAP_PLX
    • Kernel Versions: 2.6.15.6 ...
    • (on/off/module) Host AP driver for Prism2/2.5/3 in PLX9052 PCI adaptors
    • depends on PCI && HOSTAP

AP driver's version for Prism2/2.5/3 PC Cards in PLX9052 based adaptors.

Host AP support for Prism2/2.5/3 IEEE 802.11b is required for this and its help text includes more information about the Host AP .

driver can be compiled as a module and will be named hostap_plx.ko.


  • Option: HOSTAP_PCI
    • Kernel Versions: 2.6.15.6 ...
    • (on/off/module) Host AP driver for Prism2.5 PCI adaptors
    • depends on PCI && HOSTAP

AP driver's version for Prism2.5 PCI adaptors.

Host AP support for Prism2/2.5/3 IEEE 802.11b is required for this and its help text includes more information about the Host AP .

driver can be compiled as a module and will be named hostap_pci.ko.


  • Option: HOSTAP_CS
    • Kernel Versions: 2.6.15.6 ...
    • (on/off/module) Host AP driver for Prism2/2.5/3 PC Cards
    • depends on PCMCIA && HOSTAP

AP driver's version for Prism2/2.5/3 PC Cards.

Host AP support for Prism2/2.5/3 IEEE 802.11b is required for this and its help text includes more information about the Host AP .

driver can be compiled as a module and will be named hostap_cs.ko.


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