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 From:  Jim Thompson <jim at netgate dot com>
 To:  Peter Allgeyer <allgeyer at web dot de>
 Cc:  'm0m0' List <m0n0wall at lists dot m0n0 dot ch>
 Subject:  Re: [m0n0wall] Status report and outlook
 Date:  Mon, 2 May 2005 07:21:29 -1000
On May 1, 2005, at 10:14 PM, Peter Allgeyer wrote:

> Hi Jim!
> Am Sonntag, den 01.05.2005, 12:31 -1000 schrieb Jim Thompson:
>> On Apr 30, 2005, at 10:32 PM, Brian wrote:
>>> I actually prefer using an access point as opposed to integrated wifi
>>> drivers anyway, this allows you to focus on, umm, building a
>>> firewall??
>> But it makes it more difficult to do things like open a firewall rule
>> for any authenticated wireless STA.
> Sorry for asking, but I can't agree to your assertion. Can you please 
> be
> more specific on this point?

Suppose you were to create a system that, using 802.1x or (better) WPA, 
or (still better) WPA2 (aka 802.11i)
on the stand-alone AP, but you want the authentication (when 
successful) to open a little 'path' through the firewall
for that AP.

On the AP, you don't know:

1) The IP address
2) where the 'router' (firewall) might be
3) what communication protocol (if any) is used between the AP(s!!) and 
the m0n0wall firewall.
4) several other things.   For instance, the AP might not have routing 
information sufficient to reach the firewall.
5) etc

Were you to combine the AP with the firewall, then you could (easily) 
closely couple the two.  Further, you
would know when the "AP" (now integrated) de-authenticated or 
disassociated the STA(tion), and could
then *close* that same path through the firewall.

Further, there are other uses for 802.11 cards than associating with an 
AP.   Consider adhoc routing, (aka 'mesh')
for example.

At the end of the day, 802.11 and m0n0 are both just technology, and 
you can assemble and exploit them as you wish.
If you prefer to use a standalone AP, thats cool by me.   I'd like to 
have the option to do it 'my way' too.

Manuel's reasoning for the move back to 4.11 for the mono-1.2 series is 
just.  I, for one, will continue to forge ahead with 5.4 and 6.0.