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Old 02-01-2004, 02:54 AM   #1
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Lightbulb Attaching to Two Access points?

Out of curiosity I thought I'd ask a question to see if anyoneelse had info on this.
Is it possible to have 2 PCMCIA wireless NIC's in 2 PCMCIA jacks and attach to 2 seperate Wireless nodes? Thus doubling bandwidth?
This would be similiar to having 2 Cable modems and 2 accounts through the provider which I guess is possible. Then increasing your download speed. I know thats possible.
DOes the same work with wireless?
I guess all you'd really need is software since each NIC is assigned its own IP. Each IP/NIC attaches to a different network.
It'd be nice to make that possible if it is possible.

Anyone else know of this or heard of it and if so where is the URL to make it happen?

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It is possible to have 2 wireless cards connected to 2 different access points. But if you were downloading a file it certainly couldn't be split over the two unless you wrote some pretty nifty software for both ends of the system. But think of it this way, average DSL line <= 1.5 Mbits down, average Cable line <= 3 Mbits down, 802.11b = 11 Mbits down. The bottle neck here is not your wireless network unless you are on a much faster network like at a college or something.

Also, as far as I know, the way linux works it'll only route a particular service to one interface so you would have to re-write that code as well.
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Oh well.
I've actually tried the Comcast thing and it does work. It's pretty smooth also in regards to upload and download speeds. Downloading from a Redhat FTP was never so short. lol
Thanks for the info though.
It would sure be nice with all of the wireless capabilities going around o attach to 2 different nodes. Doubling bandwidth would be pretty smooth. lol
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well really your nix box sees the wireless interface as an ethernet interface i.e. if you have 1 wireless card installed and no other nics it would be (eth0) and then for the second interface it would be (eth1) ... so it would be my guess that any 'bonding' that could be done with two nics could also be done with the wireless cards. Although im kinda with the previous post.... you would have to have an aweful lot of internet bandwidth to go beyond the capabilites of your wireless card. real world throughput should get ya ~ 6 - 8 mb/s hehe even though it says 11mb/s on the card.... you will never see that

btw... make sure that you set your access points with 2 seperate ESSID's and also make sure that they are on seperate channels and that those channels are one of the following
1 - 6 - 11

those are the only non-overlapping channels in the 80211b band

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Old 02-01-2004, 07:41 PM   #5
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Yeah, Itll be a challenge.
Theres an interesting spot near me where I can pick up 2 access points with full signal for each. Using my Dual Cisco Arionet cards with dual antennea jacks I can get pretty nice quality signal. Id just like to be able to attach to both at the same time. We'll see what happens. heh
Thanks though for your info


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