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Re: [RFC] acx100 inclusion in mainline; generic 802.11 stack

To: greg chesson <greg@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: [RFC] acx100 inclusion in mainline; generic 802.11 stack
From: mcgrof@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (Luis R. Rodriguez)
Date: Tue, 28 Sep 2004 08:20:28 -0400
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On Wed, Sep 08, 2004 at 01:52:00PM -0700, greg chesson wrote:
> 
> 
> Vladimir Kondratiev wrote:
> >Greg,
> >you missed one important point. Besides data packets, that every driver 
> >now convert .11<->.3 using almost the same code, there is whole story of 
> >management. Many modern cards are "softmac" and do all management on host. 
> >I see no point for every driver to implement its own scanning and 
> >association. 
> 
> Yes, Quite right.  No disagreement.
> It is standard practice on NDIS and Apple Darwin that a common GUI-based
> application controls scanning, association, and manages 
> keys+authentication+crypto.
> 
> Linux does the same thing (driver is configured by application code)
>  although there does not yet exist a single app
> that can serve as a common point of control for multiple vendor drivers.
> I believe that achieving that goal is the real payoff for wireless Linux 
> users.
> 

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RFC: what are the chances we can implement our own generic "softmac" that may
be usable by the different chipsets out there?

        Luis

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