[Herts] Wireless Networking with Linux

Mr. Spock spock at canopus22.demon.co.uk
Thu Oct 23 18:58:08 BST 2003

> On Wednesday, October 22, 2003 11:44 PM,
> Nicolas Pike <herts at lug.org.uk> was rumoured to have said:
> > Hi,
> >
> > I am keen to get a wireless network for home and pub use (!) Now, I
> > already have a smoothwall firewall, which works fine so just want to
> > find a flexible way of linking in a wireless network. I don't really
> > want another DHCP/NAT/Firewall to worry about!!
> >
I asked my wireless friends...

From: "John Melia" <John at JMIT.me.uk>
To: "Mr. Spock" <spock at canopus22.demon.co.uk>
Subject: Re: [herts at lug.org.uk: [Herts] Wireless Networking with Linux]
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2003 18:35:18 +0100

Dear Mr Spock....

A few remarks ...

Linux Drivers?? - every wireless card I have seen comes with linux drivers
!!!!!! - amazing but true ! I would assume it's the same no as it was this
time last year..

I use a SMC wireless PCMCIA card ( as I am using now to type this) and that
works with Linux. My Desktop uses a budget type PCI card - and even that
works with Linux (drivers included on the CD :)   - I am surprised that the
problem of getting drivers is even an issue these days....

As for which to go for - looks and sounds like they just need a wireless
router ( a wireless equivent ) or a network router ( forget about the
broadband stuff unless they don't already have a cable modem/ router or adsl
modem/ router)

Linksys seem ok - I have a couple of these systems running and they seemed
fine. as for what we are running - well... as you know Ian wanted to get the
best thing for the job, so we have a draytek vigor 2600We, but I'm sure they
do a similar model that just acts as a wireless router.

If this info is too vague then let me know and I will look into it further.



PS. Feel free to give out my john at jmit.me.uk address to anyone if you think
they would like to contact me direct.

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