If someone starts to use the wifi, i can see that with logread:

Jan 23 21:04:47 router daemon.info hostapd: wlan0: STA XX:XX:XX:XX:XX:XX IEEE 802.11: authenticated

But how can i see, that he/she's disconnecting? Theres no "bla-bla deauthenticated bla" line in logread, or even a thing that points to that someone get's disconnected..

I tried to google:
But it doesn't writes about loglevel.

Can anyone help me find out, how to find out that someone disconnects it's wifi from the router? The logread doesn't even writes a line when someone disconnects.

Please help!! It's important!
Thank you!:\

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You can poll the list of associated clients from one of the following commands:

  • iw dev wlan0 station dump --> for nl80211/mac80211 compatible drivers

  • wlc assoclist --> for proprietary broadcom-wl driver

  • iwinfo wlan0 assoclist --> for libiwinfo abstraction available in OpenWrt trunk

Judging by hostapd in your logs the first one should work. Example output:

   root@OpenWrt ~ # iw dev wlan0 station dump
   Station 00:13:02:xx:xx:xx (on wlan0)
      inactive time:    0 ms
      rx bytes: 21835
      rx packets:   152
      tx bytes: 19772
      tx packets:   100
      tx retries:   6
      tx failed:    0
      signal:   -43 dBm
      signal avg:   -44 dBm
      tx bitrate:   36.0 MBit/s

Also hostapd reports disconnections (eg if run from commandline - surely there's a way to get this into logs):

root@OpenWrt ~ # hostapd -P /var/run/wifi-phy0.pid /var/run/hostapd-phy0.conf
Using interface wlan0 with hwaddr 94:0c:6d:xx:xx:xx and ssid 'marvin'
wlan0: STA 00:13:02:xx:xx:xx IEEE 802.11: authenticated
wlan0: STA 00:13:02:xx:xx:xx IEEE 802.11: associated (aid 1)
AP-STA-CONNECTED 00:13:02:xx:xx:xx
wlan0: STA 00:13:02:xx:xx:xx WPA: pairwise key handshake completed (RSN)
AP-STA-DISCONNECTED 00:13:02:xx:xx:xx

Alternatively you can connect to hostapd via its control socket using wpa-cli:

root@OpenWrt ~ # wpa_cli -p /var/run/hostapd-phy0       
wpa_cli v0.8.x
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Selected interface 'wlan0'

Interactive mode
(...here client connects...)
<3>AP-STA-CONNECTED 00:13:02:xx:xx:xx
(...and here disconnects...)
<3>AP-STA-DISCONNECTED 00:13:02:xx:xx:xx

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