multiple ssid with hostap

Willem Offermans Willem at
Fri Oct 16 10:50:21 UTC 2015

Dear FreeBSD friends,

To enable multiple SSIDs by hostapd, I needed to do the following:

1) add to rc.conf:
	wlans_ath0="wlan0 wlan1 ..."
	create_args_wlan0="wlanmode hostap"
	create_args_wlan1="wlanmode hostap"
	ifconfig_wlan0="inet 192.168.x.y netmask ssid Wifi0 mode 11ng channel 1"
	ifconfig_wlan1="inet 192.168.a.b netmask ssid Wifi1 mode 11ng channel 7" 

2) create the following files:


	look for documentation to setup above configuration files, for
		man hostapd.conf

3) change /etc/rc.d/hostapd by adding:
	conf_file="/etc/${name}-wlan0.conf /etc/${name}-wlan1.conf"

	Do this BEFORE the following line in /etc/rc.d/hostapd

	command_args="-P ${pidfile} -B ${conf_file}" in the file

First of all, this procedure is not well documented.
``man hostapd'' does not explain the possibility of multiple config files.
Can this be changed?

Secondly, I don't like the hack in /etc/rc.d/hostapd. Can we change
/etc/rc.d/hostapd in a way that /etc/hostapd-wlan0.conf and
/etc/hostapd-wlan1.conf are searched for and automagically added in

Out of ``man rc.conf'':

                `` On the other hand, if you want to configure your wireless interface with 
		 hostapd(8), you need to add ``HOSTAP'' to the ifconfig_<interface> variable.  
		 hostapd(8) will use the settings from /etc/hostapd-<interface>.conf''

I don't think that this is totally correct. /etc/hostapd-<interface>.conf
will not be used without a change to /etc/rc.d/hostapd.

Met vriendelijke groeten,
With kind regards,
Mit freundlichen Gruessen,
De jrus wah,


W.K. Offermans

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