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IEEE80211_NODE(9)          Kernel Developer's Manual         IEEE80211_NODE(9)

     ieee80211_node_attach, ieee80211_node_lateattach, ieee80211_node_detach,
     ieee80211_begin_scan, ieee80211_next_scan, ieee80211_end_scan,
     ieee80211_create_ibss, ieee80211_alloc_node, ieee80211_dup_bss,
     ieee80211_find_node, ieee80211_free_node, ieee80211_free_allnodes,
     ieee80211_iterate_nodes - software 802.11 stack node management functions

     #include <net80211/ieee80211_var.h>
     #include <net80211/ieee80211_proto.h>
     #include <net80211/ieee80211_node.h>

     ieee80211_node_attach(struct ieee80211com *ic);

     ieee80211_node_lateattach(struct ieee80211com *ic);

     ieee80211_node_detach(struct ieee80211com *ic);

     ieee80211_begin_scan(struct ieee80211com *ic, int reset);

     ieee80211_next_scan(struct ieee80211com *ic);

     ieee80211_end_scan(struct ieee80211com *ic);

     ieee80211_create_ibss(struct ieee80211com *ic,
         struct ieee80211_channel *chan);

     struct ieee80211_node *
     ieee80211_alloc_node(struct ieee80211com *ic, u_int8_t *macaddr);

     struct ieee80211_node *
     ieee80211_dup_bss(struct ieee80211_node_table *nt,
         const u_int8_t *macaddr);

     struct ieee80211_node *
     ieee80211_find_node(struct ieee80211_node_table *nt,
         const u_int8_t *macaddr);

     ieee80211_free_node(struct ieee80211_node *ni);

     ieee80211_free_allnodes(struct ieee80211_node_table *nt);

     ieee80211_iterate_nodes(struct ieee80211_node_table *nt,
         ieee80211_iter_func *f, void *arg);

     These functions are used to manage node lists within the software 802.11
     stack.  These lists are typically used for implementing host-mode AP
     functionality, or providing signal quality information about neighbouring

     The ieee80211_node_attach() function is called from ieee80211_ifattach(9)
     to initialize node database management callbacks for the interface ic
     (specifically for memory allocation, node copying and node signal
     inspection).  These functions may be overridden in special circumstances,
     as long as this is done after calling ieee80211_ifattach(9) and prior to
     any other call which may allocate a node.

     The ieee80211_node_lateattach() function initialises the ic_bss node
     element of the interface ic during ieee80211_media_init(9).  This late
     attachment is to account for certain special cases described under

     The ieee80211_node_detach() function destroys all node database state
     associated with the interface ic, and is usually called during device

     The ieee80211_begin_scan() function initialises the node database in
     preparation of a scan for an access point on the interface ic and begins
     the scan.  The parameter reset controls if a previously built node list
     should be cleared.  The actual scanning for an access point is not fully
     automated: the device driver itself controls stepping through the
     channels, usually by a periodical callback.

     The ieee80211_next_scan() function is used to inform the ieee80211(9)
     layer that the next channel for interface ic should be scanned.

     The ieee80211_create_ibss() function sets up the net80211-specific
     portion of an interface's softc, ic, for use in IBSS mode.

     The ieee80211_end_scan() function is called by ieee80211_next_scan() when
     the state machine has performed a full cycle of scanning on all available
     radio channels.  Internally, ieee80211_end_scan() will inspect the node
     cache associated with the interface ic for suitable access points found
     during scanning, and associate with one, should the parameters of the
     node match those of the configuration requested.

     The ieee80211_alloc_node() function allocates an instance of struct
     ieee80211_node for a node having the MAC address macaddr, and associates
     it with the node table nt.  If the allocation is successful, the node
     structure is initialised by ieee80211_setup_node(); otherwise, NULL is

     The ieee80211_dup_bss() function is similar to ieee80211_alloc_node(),
     but is instead used to create a node database entry for the BSSID macaddr
     associated with the note table nt.  If the allocation is successful, the
     node structure is initialised by ieee80211_setup_node(); otherwise, NULL
     is returned.

     The ieee80211_find_node() function will iterate through the node table
     nt, searching for a node entry which matches macaddr.  If the entry is
     found, its reference count is incremented, and a pointer to the node is
     returned; otherwise, NULL is returned.

     The ieee80211_free_allnodes() function will iterate through the node list
     calling ieee80211_free_node() for all the nodes in table nt.

     The ieee80211_iterate_nodes() function will call the user-defined
     callback function f for all nodes in the table nt.  The callback is
     invoked with the with the user-supplied value arg and a pointer to the
     current node.


     The ieee80211 series of functions first appeared in NetBSD 1.5, and were
     later ported to FreeBSD 4.6.

     This man page was written by Bruce M. Simpson <bms@FreeBSD.org> and
     Darron Broad <darron@kewl.org>.

NetBSD 10.99                  September 12, 2006                  NetBSD 10.99