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hostapd Linux documentation page

hostapd is an IEEE 802.11 AP, IEEE 802.1X/WPA/WPA2/EAP/RADIUS Authenticator. This page is dedicated only for the Linux documentation. Please refer to the hostapd home page for further information.

As far a Linux is concerned, out of the old drivers you can only use 3 drivers hostapd:

All new mac80211 based drivers are supported with hostapd's nl80211 driver.

Getting hostapd

You can get the latest release of hostapd from:


Using hostapd with nl80211 requires you to have at least libnl-1.0 pre8 as this release introduced genl, Generic Netlink, which nl80211 relies on. Most distributions are shipping this or a later release by now.

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