airport estreme with Freebsd

Mauro mcepeda at
Sun Jan 23 20:55:29 PST 2005

It seems there are some bsd people messing around with airport extreme.
I'm wondering if freebsd macppc will be able to make use of this.
Are you guys aware of this?  How far is this along?  Usable?

Please email me back o my address.  I might sign up to the list just to
keep abreast but I'm not signed up yet.

I found the following interesting:
Second see:

"Has anyone looked into porting over the changes made to NetBSD (and
subsequently FreeBSD) that allow Airport Extreme cards in the newer
Apple notebooks (and possibly other 802.11g equipment) to connect to
HostAP systems? Apparently, they fail to con"nect properly because the
802.11g cards advertise bit rates higher than the standard 802.11b ones,
and just cut the connection, resulting in a association failure. I'm
willing to do any testing necessary to get this working  Thanks, Ben --
It is ok to be ignorant in some areas, but some people abuse the


"It worked with the older airport extreme firmware but not with
the current firmware. Here's a workaround:

Index: if_wi_hostap.c
================================================== =================
RCS file: /cvs/src/sys/dev/ic/if_wi_hostap.c,v
retrieving revision 1.25
diff -u -r1.25 if_wi_hostap.c
--- sys/dev/ic/if_wi_hostap.c 16 May 2003 02:30:40 -0000 1.25
+++ sys/dev/ic/if_wi_hostap.c 1 Jul 2003 22:29:25 -0000
@@ -570,9 +570,11 @@
seq = take_hword(&pkt, &len);
status = take_hword(&pkt, &len);
challenge_len = 0;
+#if 0
if (len > 0 && (challenge_len = take_tlv(&pkt, &len,
IEEE80211_ELEMID_CHALLENGE, challenge, sizeof(challenge))) < 0)

if (sc->sc_arpcom.ac_if.if_flags & IFF_DEBUG)
printf("wihap_auth_req: station %s algo=0x%x seq=0x%x\n","

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