Wednesday, July 25, 2012

What is a MLME? Is it present in a FullMAC driver?

MLME stands for Medium access control (MAC) sublayer management entity. This is the entity where the MAC state machines reside. Examples of states a MLME may assist in reaching:
  • Authenticate
  • Deauthenticate
  • Associate
  • Disassociate
  • Reassociate
  • Beacon
  • Probe
  • Timing Synchronization Function (TSF)
In the ath5k and ath9k drivers, the mac80211's MLME management implementation is currently handled by net/mac80211/ieee80211_sta.c. This handles only the STA MLME

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