Complicated Network Setup- Need a starting point
As the linuxquestions forums have always been good to me I am going to ask what I consider the worlds best IT group how to set a linux box up like this:
I live in an apartment building that provides free wifi internet (Wayport Access) to the residents. But I must logg into a web-based 'tracker' as I see it that registers the wireless cards MAC address and allows the box to connect like normal. However I only get one access code, and I have at least 1 PC and 1 Laptop that I want to use on the network.
What I want to do:
1. I want my linux box to connect to the wifi
2. I want the wireless laptop to connect to the internet thru my linux box.
3. I would like the files on my linux box available for the Laptop (Windows XP Home)to use
My possible solution that needs a direction to start:
Connect my Linux box to the wifi, and attach a wireless router (linksys or whatnot) through the eth0 on the linuxbox, and have the Laptop connect thru it. so it would be like this to connect:
Laptop (wireless) -> wireless router -> wired to the Linux box -> internet via wireless access.
Does this seem possible?
Is there a way to make my linux box's wifi card an accesspoint for the laptop, and still be able to connect to the wireless access?
I am open for suggestions, and I haven't bought a wireless router yet because idk if this setup would work.
Thank you for looking,