Re: Problems with rtl8192cu driver in Access Point mode
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On 08/08/2012 02:53 AM, Mike Thompson wrote:
Hello, I'm attempting to use an rtl8192cu based USB wifi adapter in Access Point mode with the hostapd software on a very small 3-chip iMX233 ARM system. I can run the adapter fine using the driver in station mode and I'm able to connect to wifi network. However, I'm not having much luck running the adapter in Access Point mode. I've seen hints in the Linux Wireless email archives that there seems to be issues with the rtlwifi/rtl8192cu driver in access point mode. Has anyone had success with this driver in access point mode? Basically, a remote station (a Windows laptop in this case) can connect to the rtl8192cu based access point configured as an open network. However, I'm unable to ping from the laptop to the access point or back the other way. Using tcpdump on the access point, I can see the ARP requests from the laptop arriving on the access point and the response being sent, but the laptop never seems to receive the ARP response. Likewise, the ARP requests from the access point never seem to arrive at laptop. However, if I manually create entries in the ARP tables for each device, I can then ping and other traffic will begin to flow over the wireless connection without apparent problems -- even subsquent ARP requests are passed. It's almost as if regular IP packets can be transmitted from the station, but ARP type packets won't flow until IP packets have proceeded the ARP packets which won't occur until the ethernet/IP addressing has been resolved. I'm currently using a very recent compat-wireless driver from 2012-07-03 with an older 2.6.35 kernel. I've tried at least three prior versions of the rtlwifi/rtl8192cu driver (between 2.6.35 to 3.5), but they all exhibit the same symptom. Any hints on where I can begin debugging the issue?
Do you have a 3rd system that can use wireshark or kismet to capture the data on the air? That way we would know if the ARP responses are being lost inside rtl8192cu, or if they are just being badly formatted and being rejected by the laptop's receiver.
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