SMC 2632 (PLX) Ad-hoc mode fails

David Gibson david at
Wed Apr 17 14:28:43 EST 2002

On Tue, Apr 16, 2002 at 09:19:56PM -0700, Jim Carter wrote:
> On Mon, 15 Apr 2002, Thomas Leineweber wrote:
> > On Thu, Apr 11, 2002 at 02:52:18PM -0700, Jim Carter wrote:
> > > ... Try this command line:
> > > iwconfig eth0 essid OM79 mode Ad-Hoc channel 3
> >
> > I did not set the channel explicitly. Is it necessary?
> It's my impression that in Ad-Hoc mode, the cards will not find each other
> unless the channel is set (to the same value) on both.  However,
> just

I believe that's correct.

> recently I discovered that the Windoze-XP driver for the Dell 1150 (Agere
> Orinoco) can find an Ad-Hoc network without being told the channel.
> > I did a complete debug-run of the first of the two cards (The second
> > will come this week, I have not access all the time). You can
> > find it at
> >
> >
> I took a look.  As I understand it, the channel is not actually set until
> the interface is brought up, but when you do iwconfig, you see what's in
> the actual hardware, not what's going to be in it when the interface comes
> up.

Yes, the results from iwconfig while the interface is down are very
misleading.  I mean to fix it but haven't gotten to it yet.

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