devices are not the only machines that can serve as an access point.
There is an 802.11 access point driver for Linux called
HostAP provides all
of the standard access point functionality but you have the added
benefit of a general-purpose operating system to allow you to create
unique network architectures and security policies.
is designed to run on wireless cards
that use Intersil’s Prism chipset Version 2, 2.5, or
3. Cards based on this chipset include the D-Link DWL650, Netgear
MA401, Compaq WL100, and the Linksys WMP11. Intersil, to date, is the
only vendor to have released their radio specification to open source
developers. It is possible that the
driver will be ported to run on other chipsets in the future, so
HostAP web site (http://hostap.epitest.fi) for equipment
requirements. Most wireless cards on the market today do not specify
the chipset used to drive the card. Check your
vendor’s web site or online lists of cards and their
chipsets such as http://www.personaltelco.net/index.cgi/Prism2Card.
In order to install
HostAP, you will need a custom-built Linux 2.4
kernel and the kernel source code available. See Section 5.2.1 for information on compiling your own kernel.
If you are using the
pcmcia-cs package, you will
need its source code. You will also need to download the latest
HostAP source code from http://hostap.epitest.fi.
Read the instructions that come with the ...