Fedora 15 as WLAN-AP

Reindl Harald h.reindl at thelounge.net
Sat Nov 26 17:08:43 UTC 2011


Am 26.11.2011 17:44, schrieb Tom Horsley:
> On Sat, 26 Nov 2011 17:25:16 +0100
> Reindl Harald wrote:
> 
>> hi
>>
>> does anybody know what hardware and configuraion-steps are needed to get
>> a fedora-pc working as WLAN access-point with WPA/WPA2
> 
> Good luck - you'll need it :-).

thank you :-)

> http://linuxwireless.org/ has some tables of devices that have
> AP support, but they tend to list things like chipsets, which
> are difficult if not impossible to correlate with products
> you can buy.

that is exactly my problem

if someone can call a buyable product which is out of the box
supported from current fedora-kernels and supports G/N because
mit printer in the kitchen supports only G with WPA there will
be a way to buy this thing somewhere

> I have a little wireless USB dongle I got to sort-of work, but
> I have to try plugging it in and initializing the software
> two or three times before it actually works. You can find
> my saga here:
> http://home.comcast.net/~tomhorsley/hardware/rtl8192cu/rtl8192cu.html
maybe the sub-thing makes here more troubles as usually
but what can i say since i have never installed such a setup

i would generally pefer a pci-card, here a 3 slots free
and the cards with three antennas are looking fine

what i found some minutes ago:
http://old.tuxorials.de/linux-tipps/allgemeingueltig/52-wlan-accesspoint-mit-hostapd.html

this sounds quite easy and only a good wlan-card is the missing piece
and some iptables-stuff, but iptables is not really difficult for me

> One thing I found with the USB dongle was that I had to
> disable NetworkManager, or it would try and grab the wlan
> interface and set it up as a client.

well, this is not the problem, i never use networkmanager

the machine has two GBE-network-cards
one is the public interface and additionally a vmware-bridge
for two virtual machines and the other one for the local network

a hughe ip-tables-script does routing/masquerading as also route a
permanently active openvpn-connection and my vmware-nat into the LAN,
blocks china and russia, so this machine does all i need perfectly and
that is why i want to replace the "old" hardware-wlan-router with a
8-port-switch lying around here and  finally have my whole IT in one box

if there is fire take it and run, sip-phone, keyboard and screen you can
buy everywhere later :-)

speaking about a brand new Core(TM) i7-2600 with 16 GB RAM
and 4x2 TB as RAID10 there should be no need for additional
hardware the next years :-)

eth0      Link encap:Ethernet  Hardware Adresse 3C:D9:2B:65:95:9F
          inet Adresse:192.168.1.2  Bcast:192.168.1.255  Maske:255.255.255.0
          UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1
          RX packets:223032 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:195107 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          Kollisionen:0 Sendewarteschlangenlänge:1000
          RX bytes:41146088 (39.2 MiB)  TX bytes:70225632 (66.9 MiB)
          Interrupt:20 Speicher:fe700000-fe720000

eth1      Link encap:Ethernet  Hardware Adresse 00:50:8D:B5:CC:DE
          inet Adresse:84.113.45.179  Bcast:84.113.45.255  Maske:255.255.255.0
          UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1
          RX packets:27454880 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:14550464 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          Kollisionen:0 Sendewarteschlangenlänge:1000
          RX bytes:24185678885 (22.5 GiB)  TX bytes:3678721888 (3.4 GiB)
          Interrupt:16 Speicher:fe6c0000-fe6e0000

lo        Link encap:Lokale Schleife
          inet Adresse:127.0.0.1  Maske:255.0.0.0
          UP LOOPBACK RUNNING  MTU:16436  Metric:1
          RX packets:8590537 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:8590537 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          Kollisionen:0 Sendewarteschlangenlänge:0
          RX bytes:7682947490 (7.1 GiB)  TX bytes:7682947490 (7.1 GiB)

tap0      Link encap:Ethernet  Hardware Adresse A2:EB:CE:2F:48:A8
          inet Adresse:10.0.0.241  Bcast:10.0.0.255  Maske:255.255.255.0
          UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1
          RX packets:707920 errors:0 dropped:19384 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:748660 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          Kollisionen:0 Sendewarteschlangenlänge:100
          RX bytes:242962206 (231.7 MiB)  TX bytes:65362520 (62.3 MiB)

vmnet8    Link encap:Ethernet  Hardware Adresse 00:50:56:C0:00:08
          inet Adresse:192.168.196.1  Bcast:192.168.196.255  Maske:255.255.255.0
          UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1
          RX packets:651835 errors:0 dropped:36 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:582388 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          Kollisionen:0 Sendewarteschlangenlänge:

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