On 7 Nov 2009, at 05:21, Mike Mazur wrote:
I'm trying to set up my laptop to be a wireless access point. It has
an iwl3945 card. I followed the "Atheros Ath5k Wireless Access Point"
article on gentoo-wiki.com before realizing that it was Atheros
Gentoo-wiki is a mess.
If only the people who wrote their separate articles about building
APs with madwifi  and ath5k  had thought to improve and
contribute to the pre-existing "wireless access point" article:
That explains very clearly (as has Florian) that the hardware needs to
support "master mode" and also why. The explanation of setting up the
iptables / bridging / dhcpd / &c should not need to be repeated on
I started that page originally, but this was perhaps as much as 5
years ago. At that time it documented how to produce a basic
installation with simple explanations in order to make it "easy" for
someone who was even just a little command-line literate. It has
actually changed remarkably little in some respects, but I doubt it is
any longer consistent or fully accurate. It actually claims that the
ipw3945 does do master mode - I assume this is a different driver for
your card? - but Googling leaves me dubious; I see the claim repeated
other places without the poster actually appearing to succeed.