[CentOS] Recommendation about an usb wireless adapter to use it as HostAP

Sat Sep 10 17:12:26 UTC 2016
Arun Khan <knura9 at gmail.com>

On Fri, Sep 9, 2016 at 3:40 AM, C. L. Martinez <carlopmart at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi all,
>  I would like to install/test CentOS 7.X as a hostap for my home. I am thinking to use an Alfa (http://www.alfa.com.tw) usb wireless adapter or TP-Link.
>BUt there is not much information in Alfa's or TP-Link's web sites about which of them can run as a HostAP.

I would suggest use openWRT -- it is designed for WiFi and the foot
print is small (around 60MB).  It has a lot of additional packages
(captive portal, WAN load balancing etc.) that you can install as per
your needs.   I have used it on a Raspberry PI  with USB WiFi dongles
(Realtek chip set).  You can conceivably run it as a virtual appliance
with USB pass through to the h/w.

On Alpha's web site one of the slide show images show openWRT along
with their USB WiFi adapter.
I would suggest contact Alpha's Tech support to get specific model
number and driver (chip set) it uses.  Also visit openWRT web site
and/or mailing list.

-- Arun Khan