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HOSTAPD(8)			   BSD System Manager's Manual			       HOSTAPD(8)

NAME
     hostapd -- authenticator for IEEE 802.11 networks

SYNOPSIS
     hostapd [-BdhKtv] config-file ...

DESCRIPTION
     The hostapd utility is an authenticator for IEEE 802.11 networks.	It provides full support
     for WPA/IEEE 802.11i and can also act as an IEEE 802.1X Authenticator with a suitable back-
     end Authentication Server (typically FreeRADIUS).	The hostapd utility implements the
     authentication protocols that piggyback on top of the normal IEEE 802.11 protocol mecha-
     nisms.  To use hostapd as an authenticator, the underlying device must support some basic
     functionality such as the ability to set security information in the 802.11 management
     frames.  Beware that not all devices have this support.

     The hostapd utility is designed to be a ``daemon'' program that runs in the background and
     acts as the backend component controlling the wireless connection.  It supports separate
     frontend programs such as the text-based frontend, hostapd_cli(8).

     The following arguments must be specified on the command line:

     config-file
	     Use the settings in the specified configuration file; the name of the specified
	     wireless interface is contained in this file.  See hostapd.conf(5) for a description
	     of the configuration file syntax.

	     Changes to the configuration file can be reloaded by sending a SIGHUP to the hostapd
	     processor or with the hostapd_cli(8) utility, using ``hostapd_cli reconfigure''.

OPTIONS
     The options are as follows:

     -d      Enable debugging messages.  If this option is supplied twice, more verbose messages
	     are displayed.

     -h      Show help text.

     -t      Include timestamps in debugging output.

     -v      Display version information on the terminal and exit.

     -B      Detach from the controlling terminal and run as a daemon process in the background.

     -K      Include key information in debugging output.

SEE ALSO
     ath(4), ipw(4), iwi(4), ral(4), wi(4), hostapd.conf(5), hostapd_cli(8), ifconfig(8)

HISTORY
     The hostapd utility first appeared in NetBSD 4.0.

AUTHORS
     The hostapd utility was written by Jouni Malinen <jkmaline@cc.hut.fi>.  This manual page is
     derived from the README file included in the hostapd distribution.

BSD					  June 16, 2005 				      BSD
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