here is my hardware/software im using (everything was purchased from adafruit.com)
raspbian: 3.12.25+ #700
usb wifi dongle: realtek RTL8188CUS (mini and with antenna)
Power supply: usb port - 5v 1a plug or GPIO pins - battery pack lithium ion 3.7v 6600mAh with charger (not both at the same time, DUH!)
sdcard: patriot lx series 8gb class 10
Main tutorial came from adafruit but i found others out there that showed me how to install and configure openvpn and route all the data thru tun0 and not eth0. I have combined a few of tutorials together. My reasons for this are my own why i need this. I seem to have everything setup correctly as everything boots up with no errors except for the one in the title after connecting and using it. Here is my mega tutorial....
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what i have tried.....
1. different hostapd files, straight from realtek, the version listed on adafruit tutorial and the latest version on realtek website
2. different drivers (see here http://www.raspberrypi.org/forums/viewtopic.php?t=62371) yes they do work
3. use haveged (some forums said this helped for the error i'm getting, it did not, obviously)
4. use 2 different wifi dongles (the nano and one with antenna sold at adafruit)
5. different power sources, length of usb cable, gage thickness of usb cable
6. location and signal channel of RPI AP ( prevent/reduce interference)
7. different Sd cards (regular, micro, class 2, 4, 10, size 4, 8, 16gb)
8. different iso (rasbpian iso, NOOBS iso network install)
probably more but i can't think straight because this is racking my brain. i have been on this for about a month now.
what i haven't tried, but want to, is to try a new wifi dongle that has an antenna and DOESN'T need a usb hub. Also preferable works out of the box and inexpensive. If anyone knows a wifi dongle that fits the bill please post the purchase link with the drivers, if needed, link.
so what does all of this tell me it most likely is? its a software level issue and its way out of my depth. So i ask you if you know what it may be to please help because this problem frustrating me but i can't leave it alone just yet.
Thanks for reading