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hostapd (host access point daemon) is a user space daemon software enabling a network interface card to act as an access point and authentication server. There are three implementations: Jouni Malinen's hostapd, OpenBSD's hostapd and Devicescape's hostapd.

Jouni Malinen's hostapd[1][edit]

Jouni Malinen's hostapd
Developer(s)Jouni Malinen & others
Stable release
2.10 / 16 January 2022 (19 months ago) (2022-01-16)
Operating systemCross-platform
TypeWLAN tools

Jouni Malinen's hostapd is a user space daemon for access point and authentication servers. It can be used to create a wireless hotspot using a Linux computer.[2] It implements IEEE 802.11 access point management, IEEE 802.1X/WPA/WPA2/EAP Authenticators, RADIUS client, EAP server, and RADIUS authentication server. The current version supports Linux (Host AP, MadWifi, Prism54 and some of the drivers which use the kernel's mac80211 subsystem), QNX, FreeBSD (net80211), and DragonFlyBSD.

OpenBSD's hostapd[edit]

OpenBSD's hostapd
Developer(s)Reyk Floeter
Stable release
3.9 / May 1, 2006
Operating systemOpenBSD
TypeWLAN tools
WebsiteOpenBSD's hostapd

OpenBSD's hostapd is a user space daemon that helps to improve roaming and monitoring of OpenBSD-based wireless networks. It implements Inter Access Point Protocol (IAPP) for exchanging station association information between access points. It can trigger a set of actions like frame injection or logging when receiving specified IEEE 802.11 frames.

Devicescape's hostapd[edit]

Open Wireless Linux version of hostapd
Developer(s)John Gordon
Stable release
none yet / Date: N/A
Operating systemLinux
TypeWLAN tools
LicenseGPL version 2
WebsiteOWL hostapd

The Open Wireless Linux version of hostapd. It is kept as close as possible to the original open source release, but with OWL specific packaging and defaults. The website appears to be dead (April 2013), probably as the project itself.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ [1], Linux Wireless Wiki
  2. ^ [2], Creating A Wireless Hotspot with Linux

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