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 From:  "Lincoln Beachy" <lincphil at aim dot com>
 To:  <m0n0wall at bokler dot com>, <m0n0wall at lists dot m0n0 dot ch>
 Subject:  RE: [m0n0wall] hostap vs BSS modes
 Date:  Sat, 10 Jul 2010 12:01:54 -0400
I am using the hostap mode on my m0n0wall, it works great. My setup is
bridge is to none and I have assigned a different ip address for that
interface. I am assuming that you can connect to your hotspot but not the
After you setup your Wi-Fi interface you need to go into your firewall rules
and add a rule that allows traffic from the Wi-Fi section of your system,
then you can get out to the internet. 
If you use the hostap mode make sure you have the dchp server enabled for
the wifi part too. I should mention that if you put it in bridged mode with
your lan, it will use your ip addresses that you give the dchp server for
the lan side.

-----Original Message-----
From: m0n0wall at bokler dot com [mailto:m0n0wall at bokler dot com] 
Sent: Saturday, July 10, 2010 7:14 AM
To: m0n0wall at lists dot m0n0 dot ch
Subject: [m0n0wall] hostap vs BSS modes

I have m0n0wall up and running on an ALIX platform. I am using it to
firewall my home network from the ISP's cable modem. I've added my wireless
card as an interface.

I've read the documentation re setup & configuration for the wireless
interface, but I'm afraid that I am missing something fundamental... 
here's my problem:

I am under the impression that the preferred wireless mode is BSS
(infrasructure mode). However, I can not get this to work. From the
"Interfaces" page for the wireless interface, I set "Enable", "none" for
bridging, and "BSS" for mode. However, when I check "Status" of "Interfaces"
I see "no carrier" for the wireless interface. Nothing I've tried will bring
this interface up.

OTOH, if I set "hostap" as the mode, and "LAN" bridging, the status of the
wireless interface is "associated", and I can connect to the Internet using
the wireless interface on one of my laptop PCs.

What have I missed? Why can I not bring the wireless interface up in BSS
mode? Or, am I mis-informed re BSS mode... is hostap the "right" mode to

Thanks for any enlightenment!

Best Rgds,

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