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CONFIG_NET_RADIO: Wireless LAN drivers (non-hamradio) & Wireless Extensions

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The Linux kernel configuration item CONFIG_NET_RADIO:

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Support for wireless LANs and everything having to do with radio, but not with amateur radio or FM broadcasting.

Saying Y here also enables the Wireless Extensions (creates /proc/net/wireless and enables iwconfig access). The Wireless Extension is a generic API allowing a driver to expose to the user space configuration and statistics specific to common Wireless LANs. The beauty of it is that a single set of tool can support all the variations of Wireless LANs, regardless of their type (as long as the driver supports Wireless Extension). Another advantage is that these parameters may be changed on the fly without restarting the driver (or Linux). If you wish to use Wireless Extensions with wireless PCMCIA (PC-) cards, you need to say Y here; you can fetch the tools from



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