[kismac] Re: Fun with KisMAC and AirportExtreme
- From: Brad Knowles <brad.knowles@xxxxxxxxx>
- To: kismac@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Fri, 2 Jan 2004 01:04:26 -0600
At 9:24 AM +0100 2004/01/01, Christoph Schneider wrote:
Okay. I know the Broadcom - Airport Extreme - We will never give you
a working driver for Linux - problem. What is the status quo?
In addition to the Apple drivers that will work out-of-the-box,
the IOXperts people are also working on both Broadcom and Atheros
drivers. I think they're working on Atheros first (so far as I know,
no drivers are currently available for MacOS X, and existing drivers
are potentially portable from Linux or FreeBSD), but Broadcom is on
there people outside, workin' on it? (i.e. reverse engeniering
windows-drivers ... ) I would like to join such a project, doing
this. (reverse engeniering)
I'm not personally aware of any reverse engineering projects
underway in this field. I have heard of some such projects for
Broadcom chips under Linux, and I imagine those projects will
probably come to fruition first. When they do, others will be able
to take advantage of that. It might be best to contact some of those
people and see if they know of any other similar projects for MacOS X
(or projects to take their work and re-purpose under MacOS X).
(I also would like to start such a project, if there's nothing out there)
Please let us know how this goes.
It would be a very nice thing to have a full-feature compatibility
between these two technologies...
The Broadcom and Atheros hardware is far more capable than any
previous 802.11b stuff anyone has ever seen. Indeed, this is the
cause of driver availability problems -- the FCC doesn't want people
using software-defined radios (such as the Broadcom and Atheros
stuff) to transmit or receive signals on anything but an extremely
limited range of frequencies.
Otherwise, you could drown out radios for various emergency
services, the police, the FBI, the US military, etc....
Alternatively, you might be able to use such hardware to listen in on
their traffic, which I'm sure they feel is much, much worse.
So, the vendors have been keeping the tightest grip possible on
the drivers, so that their customers don't go out and do something
illegal, for which the companies would be held responsible.
Brad Knowles, <brad.knowles@xxxxxxxxx>
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