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Old 07-15-2004, 09:50 AM   #1
blue ice
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Home-made Access Point

Hello everyone

I want to build an access point based on a Pentium 1 with an US Robotics Wless pci card (the usr 2216 to be exact)
I know this card is based on that stupid TI chipset, but I managed to get it working on my main slackware rig using acx100 project from

My neighbours have an Wireless bridge, made by 2 Linksys access points
I have a Wless router, is it also possible to "bridge" this?
I was first thinking about freesco, but I don't think it will support that TI chipset, and would it still fit on a floppy if I modified it?
I think it is necessairy to bridge the connection, otherwise the ip range/subnet won't be the same OR the freesco's DHCP will fight with the router's dhcp

any solutions?
The purpose of all this: I have about 6-7 computers standing on the 2nd floor, max distance between those is 10 meter
and on the ground floor are 3-4 other pc's, spread around the house
so wanted an accesspoint on 2nd floor, attach it to a switch, and those 6-7 pc's on the switch
but they need to have access to the internet that the router routes downstairs

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Old 07-15-2004, 01:28 PM   #2
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spent a little time reading
the "bridging" option looks already ok
found it here, , under "Enabling Ethernet Bridging"

Now I just got to try freesco, if it's possible to add the acx software
will try it tommorow, the fan on my P1 died, ... after 5 minutes, I can burn my hands on it
so that has been added to my shop list
Old 07-15-2004, 10:10 PM   #3
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i use wifi, several XP boxes, using a simple linksys 802.11b hub, it's range lets me take this laptop (ibm 380z) outside and still connect at 11M, i also use it from my semi from 1000ft+, when they are using an external yagi antenna. ranges of nearly 20 mi have been reported when both access points use either yagi or modified "dish network" dishes for antenna!! Hope this helps, you may be able to connect the downstairs with the upstairs just by installing the wifi cards?


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