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

Sat Sep 10 17:23:15 UTC 2016
Valeri Galtsev <galtsev at kicp.uchicago.edu>

On Sat, September 10, 2016 12:12 pm, Arun Khan wrote:
> 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

Alternative to consider would be pfsense (based on FreeBsd):


Works excellent for me (I have a few of them around).


-- 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
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Valeri Galtsev
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