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Old 04-19-2006, 11:05 PM   #1
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Debian: Bridge with multiple wireless access points

Here is the foreword. I lost my house a year ago in a fire. I now have all my permits in place and am starting my rebuild project. I have a trailer that can only be used as a construction trailer by zoning ordinance. The town will not let me use my trailer as a residence and my preferred ISP will not connect to a mobile "non residence" such as my trailer. Long story short is that I can't get web access from my house. This is the bad news...

The good news is that all of my neighbors have high speed internet and I have at minimum 2 close access points that I can use. At the most 5. They all have my blessing to use their access points but I can't get a strong enough connection to use my VOIP phone... I've tried a linksys range extender but that seems to marginally work and my over all effect is that I get an echo through the phone. (I think I know why) My cell phone doesn't work either.

Okay, so with all that in place, I have a Debian based system running right now that is doing hidden security for the house/trailer. As it is right now, I have not been able to connect it to the web because I don't know the right wireless hardware to use with Linux. At the same time I'm wondering if I could use this box to pipe in all of the wireless connections into one useable wired or not access point and also hook up Pluto's PBX for VOIP access.

Is any of that last paragraph even possible? If so, can you point me in the right direction?

Remember the questions are:
1) Wireless access/bridge with Debian Sarge?
2) Wireless bridge for multiple access points? One box/One bridge creating one main point of access for using the multiple inputs. Thus UBER connection?
C) Can I build a house??? Without going bald?

Thanks for any help you can provide me with! Send me any and all links to helpful information on this, as I think this might make a good project if it isn't already one going on slash.

Old 04-22-2006, 02:57 PM   #2
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well w a hub or switch you could wire everything and use the debian machine as a router by adding a wireless card to it. I think most linksys cards have linux drivers a web search can help you find one as for the phone it might still not work well.



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