Hello Alien Bob,
Thank you for your reply, I discovered exactly what you were saying about
not all wireless card drivers allow you to run it in Access Point mode
, initially I had installed a Linksys 54Mb/s PCI wireless card (using the rt2500 module) and using both the standard kernel modules and/or the compiled sourceforge module, I was unable to get it to go into Master mode (function not implemented). I then removed that card and it's module(s), and after ratting around in my spares cupboard, found and installed a Texas Instruments 54Mb/s PCI card (using a source compiled acx module, and it's relevant firmware).
The new Texas Instruments card will currently go into Master mode, so that is a step forward.
Using 'wlassistant' From my wireless Laptop, I am now able to see my new access point, but am able to only partially connect to it via static I.P. (it will connect, but is currently unable to browse files); DHCP will not connect at all yet.
I am also having issues with setting up WPA, it seems to have an unknown problem on the Server (I am not at home at the moment, so I can't give an example of my rc.inet1.conf file, but I will post it when I get home, if you would care to diagnose it?).
The access point currently shows up as wide open and unencrypted (ouch).
What I will do now is incorporate the Network 'Bridge' from the Robby Workman script you have linked (thank you), to to see if that will work the Server's wireless interface Access Point with DHCP.
I'll also post my Server's and Laptop's rc.inet1 file(s) to see if I have done anything wrong with WPA.
Are there any other files or CLI commands I could post, that may help in diagnosing this setup?
Thanks very much in advance for any help.