::: AWLP :::
Turn your PCs with appropriate wireless LAN cards (Prism2/2.5/3) into full-featured,
web-managed wireless access gateways.
::: NEWS :::
- v1.2 is released (August 24, 2005)
- v1.1 is released (August 15, 2005)
- v1.0 is released (December 25, 2004)
::: INTRODUCTION :::
Since the last couple of years, number of wireless
device manufacturers and models increased, and prices
dropped considerably. Nowadays, IEEE 802.11 wireless
networks has become our part of everyday life. I decided to
study IEEE 802.11 Wireless Networks for my M.S. thesis.
After about a year of study and research, I decided
to come up with a software package that will turn your
computer into a wireless access point. There is, of course,
of-the-shelf stand-alone devices but you cannot do much
with them except upgrading firmware if any available from
the manufacturer. I wanted something that you can configure,
something that you can easily add extra features to it.
To have this flexibility, I must have chosen GNU/Linux
as the OS, and I did so willingly. My preferred choice was
the Slackware distro. For the wireless card driver,
HostAP is the only name in the block. My default programming
language is Perl :) It has been almost 10 years since I have
been programming in Perl, and I love it so choosing the
language to develop this project was the easiest part of all.
I have started this project to get my M.S. degree but after
seeing the fruitful results, I decided to share this work
with the Open Source World. After taking so much from
it, now this is my turn to give back to the Open Souce
I am currently working as a system administrator in the
Middle East Technical University - Industrial Engineering Department.
I have a B.S. degree (1998) in Electrical Engineering from the
University of Southern California. I worked as Internet Systems
Programmer in Affinity Hosting for a year, and in K-Tel Online, Inc.
for the period of 6 months while I was in the United States.
I had teached computer programming courses in Akdeniz University
(Antalya,TURKEY) for 3 semesters. I have been in my current
position since 2002. At the same time, I am studying for an M.S.
degree in Information Systems from the Middle East Technical University - Informatics Institute.
- I would like to thank to:
- Slackware team (http://www.slackware.org/) for their stable Linux distro
- Larry Wall and all the contributors of the Perl
- All the contributors of HostAP (http://hostap.epitest.fi/)
- All the contributors of NoCatAuth (http://www.nocat.net/)
- All the contributors of Bridge Utilities (http://bridge.sourceforge.net/)
- All the contributors of free and open source software in general
- My thesis advisor: Mrs. Nazife Baykal (http://www.ii.metu.edu.tr/~baykal)
- SourceForge (http://www.sourceforge.net) to host my project site