Can confirm that I need both commands:
iwconfig wlan0 mode master
Not quite sure why as obviously the hostapd service comes up on boot and the
/etc/network/interfaces file has that exact mode setting line. But the bridge comes up with the wireless card disabled and while the mode setting line will enable it, it requires the hostapd restart to work.
Anyway, the fact I know what to do means it is easy to restore the network to full capacity, but it would be nice if it worked off-the-bat.
My software ethernet to 802.11b bridge has been up and running for a couple of days now – I had to change some of the BIOS settings to get it to work reliably (it seemed the PCI <—> PCMCIA bridge would not be properly configured if I had “plug and play” settings on), I had to use the right drivers – the newer 80211 driver did not operate with the card, but the older hostap_cs one did – and of course I had to set it to master mode.
Beyond that there were still a few routing and IP address issues and I have yet to nail them down and ensure that the bridge will come back up automatically – when I do that I will give all this a full and proper write up.