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 From:  Michael Mee <mm2001 at pobox dot com>
 To:  m0n0wall dash dev at lists dot m0n0 dot ch
 Subject:  [Fwd: Re: FW: [m0n0wall-dev] WDS (4 frames) support]
 Date:  Wed, 06 Apr 2005 20:01:17 -0700
-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Re: FW: [m0n0wall-dev] WDS (4 frames) support
Date: Wed, 06 Apr 2005 06:22:25 -1000
From: Jim Thompson <jim at netgate dot com>
To: Michael Mee <mm2001 at pobox dot com>
References: <20050406145500 dot B9B2475E at frontend2 dot messagingengine dot com>

Michael Mee wrote:

>fyi, not sure if you:re on the dev list.
>-----Original Message-----
>From:  UAB Ambernetas
>Date:  4/6/05 3:18 am
>To:  m0n0wall dash dev at lists dot m0n0 dot ch
>Subj:  [m0n0wall-dev] WDS (4 frames) support
>I like m0n0wall very much with its many great features, but I still need one very important feature
- prism2 wds/bridging support (as I know atheros wds feature for feebsd is not complete yet?).
>Do freebsd prism2 drivers support wds(4 frames) feature?
>Valdemaras Pipiras 
doesn't work for 'wi', either, since 'wi' depends on net80211, and thats
where (most of) the changes need to occur.



Wireless Networking Support

Contact: Sam Leffler <sam at FreeBSD dot org>

The wireless networking layer was updated to support the 802.1x, WPA,
and 802.11i security protocols, and the WME/WMM multi-media protocol.
As part of this work extensible frameworks were added for
cryptographic methods, authentication, and access control. Extensions
are implemented as loadable kernel modules that hook into the net80211
layer. This mechanism is used, for example, to implement WEP, TKIP,
and CCMP crypto protocols. The Atheros driver (ath) is currently the
only driver that uses the full set of features. Adding support to
other drivers is simple but waiting on volunteers. Ports of the
wpa_supplicant and hostapd programs enable use of the new security

The support for tracking stations in a bss (managed or adhoc) and
stations found when scanning was overhauled. Multiple tables are now
used, each with different management policies, reference counting is
now done consistently, and inactivity processing is done more
intelligently (e.g. associated stations are probed before removal).
This is the first step towards proper roaming support and other
advanced features.

AP power save support was added. Associated stations may now operate
in power save mode; frames sent to them will be buffered while they
are sleeping and multicast traffic will be deferred until after the
next beacon (per the 802.11 protocol). Power save support is required
in a standards-compliant access point. Only the ath driver currently
implements power save support.

Work is actively going on to add Atheros' SuperG capabilities, WDS,
and for multi-bss support (ssid and/or bssid) on a single device.

Open tasks:

1. Drivers other than ath need updates to support the new security
2. hostapd needs work to support the IAPP and 802.11i
preauthentication protocols (these are simple conversion of
existing Linux code)"