The current madwifi-driver-0.1_pre20050420-r1 based on the madwifi cvs drivers dated
20050420 does not connect properly with windows clients when used in master (AP) mode with
hostapd and WPA. Patches are incoming which allow windows clients to connect properly with
The patches to the madwifi-driver stop the constant EAPOL-Key timeouts when a windows client
attempts to connect. Windows clients can connect properly and use the wireless network
Some older versions of Windows do not like EAPOL version 2 in hostapd, so hostapd must use
EAPOL version 1. However, I have successfully connected a Windows XP SP2 box using EAPOL
version 2 so maybe this is fixed in the latest Windows 2000 SP? Either way, I have included a
patch to hostapd to make it use EAPOL version 1 and be more compatible should you want to
Unrelated issue (I have no solution for) but I thought I'd mention it: If you use an Atheros
adapter supporting 108Mbps Super-G mode for your Linux-based AP and use an Atheros-based
adapter supporting 108Mbps Super-G mode on the Windows box, they appear to connect
properly but no data can be sent. I noticed every time a packet is transmitted from the
Windows box it tries to send at 108Mbps (regardless of the rate set on the Linux-based AP)
which is not supported by the Linux madwifi driver. The solution so far has been to use a
non-Super G mode (54Mbps only) wireless adapter in the client machine.
I apologize if my bug report is not sufficient. I am not very experienced in reporting bugs.
Please let me know if I can be of further help.
Steps to Reproduce:
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New madwifi-driver ebuild in full, just needs -r2 bump
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Patch to existing ebuild
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actual patch to madwifi-driver
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New hostapd ebuild in full, just needs -r2 bump
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Patch to existing ebuild
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(In reply to comment #7)
> Created an attachment (id=72559) 
sorry for the lame naming of this patch.
Please submit these patches upstream.
When a new release is available, it will appear in Gentoo Portage.
(In reply to comment #9)
> Please submit these patches upstream.
> When a new release is available, it will appear in Gentoo Portage.
I don't think they are interested in patches on old 2005-04-20 drivers. All the latest
drivers seem to be broken. I am happy to just have an improvement on the existing
driver. So I'll stick with my overlays.
With these patches I've got one pci madwifi doing hostapd wpa-psk and two clients
both connecting successfully using 802.11g+WPA-PSK. One Windows XP workstation
and one gentoo laptop (airlink madwifi pcmcia card). Without these patches, it doesn't
work and all the latest drivers don't work at all.