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howtos:network_services:running_an_access_point_from_a_slackware_box [2016/11/18 15:17 (UTC)]
louigi600 [4.7.2 Slackware Wireless Clients]
howtos:network_services:running_an_access_point_from_a_slackware_box [2019/09/01 07:17 (UTC)] (current)
louigi600 [3.3 Other Software]
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 To obtain hostapd you could either download a binary version from some reliable source or compile it from sources. You might be slightly better off compiling from sources, so that you get e fairly recent version, but it's up to you. Just don't try using really old hostapd versions like 0.6.7 on 2.6+ kernels: hostapd has followed the kernel wireless stack drivers and transitioned from only supporting FullMAC devices to supporting SoftMAC on almost all devices trough nl80211. Nowadays the combination of both hardware and driver supporting FullMAC is hard to come by (Prism2/​2.5/​3,​ and Atheros ar521x) all the others need to go the SoftMAC way so I suggest ignoring the 2 that could still go the FullMAC way and just go for SoftMAC for all, allowing you to use almost any WiFi card for creating an AP. If you like you can read more about [[http://​wireless.kernel.org/​en/​developers/​Documentation/​mac80211 |  mac80211 here]]. To obtain hostapd you could either download a binary version from some reliable source or compile it from sources. You might be slightly better off compiling from sources, so that you get e fairly recent version, but it's up to you. Just don't try using really old hostapd versions like 0.6.7 on 2.6+ kernels: hostapd has followed the kernel wireless stack drivers and transitioned from only supporting FullMAC devices to supporting SoftMAC on almost all devices trough nl80211. Nowadays the combination of both hardware and driver supporting FullMAC is hard to come by (Prism2/​2.5/​3,​ and Atheros ar521x) all the others need to go the SoftMAC way so I suggest ignoring the 2 that could still go the FullMAC way and just go for SoftMAC for all, allowing you to use almost any WiFi card for creating an AP. If you like you can read more about [[http://​wireless.kernel.org/​en/​developers/​Documentation/​mac80211 |  mac80211 here]].
  
-Hostapd sources can be downloaded from [[http://​w1.fi/​hostapd/​ | here]], you should be looking at recent stable version (2.last time this article was edited) and avoid the development/​old branches.+Hostapd sources can be downloaded from [[http://​w1.fi/​hostapd/​ | here]], you should be looking at the most recent stable version (2.last time this article was edited) and avoid the development/​old branches.
 Compiling hostapd is really simple: Compiling hostapd is really simple:
   - extract the sources   - extract the sources
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   - edit the defconfig file and enable any optional features you need (default is fine for a simple setup)   - edit the defconfig file and enable any optional features you need (default is fine for a simple setup)
   - copy the defconfig file to .config   - copy the defconfig file to .config
 +  - make a softlink for netlink includes (cd /​usr/​include;​ ln -s libnl3/​netlink .)
   - make   - make
   - make install (or optionally just put in /​usr/​local/​bin just the hostapd binary)   - make install (or optionally just put in /​usr/​local/​bin just the hostapd binary)

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