AWLP - Alptekin's Wireless Linux Project     




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     ::: 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 World ...

     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 ( for their stable Linux distro
  • Larry Wall and all the contributors of the Perl
  • All the contributors of HostAP (
  • All the contributors of NoCatAuth (
  • All the contributors of Bridge Utilities (
  • All the contributors of free and open source software in general
  • My thesis advisor: Mrs. Nazife Baykal (
  • SourceForge ( to host my project site

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