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       hostapd - IEEE 802.11 AP, IEEE 802.1X/WPA/WPA2/EAP/RADIUS Authenticator


       hostapd [-hdBKtv] [-P <PID file>] <configuration file(s)>


       This manual page documents briefly the hostapd daemon.

       hostapd is a user space daemon  for  access  point  and  authentication
       servers.   It  implements  IEEE  802.11  access  point management, IEEE
       802.1X/WPA/WPA2/EAP Authenticators and  RADIUS  authentication  server.
       The  current version supports Linux (Host AP, madwifi, Prism54 drivers)
       and FreeBSD (net80211).

       hostapd is  designed  to  be  a  "daemon"  program  that  runs  in  the
       background    and   acts   as   the   backend   component   controlling
       authentication.  hostapd supports separate  frontend  programs  and  an
       example text-based frontend, hostapd_cli, is included with hostapd.


       A  summary  of  options is included below.  For a complete description,
       run hostapd from the command line.

       -h     Show usage.

       -d     Show more debug messages.

       -dd    Show even more debug messages.

       -B     Run daemon in the background.

       -P <PID file>
              Path to PID file.

       -K     Include key data in debug messages.

       -t     Include timestamps in some debug messages.

       -v     Show hostapd version.




       hostapd was written by Jouni Malinen <>.

       This manual page was written by Faidon Liambotis <>,  for
       the Debian project (but may be used by others).