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Old 08-18-2004, 08:21 PM   #1
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setting up a unix-based wireless home network

Well, as the subject says I want to set up a Unix-based wireless network for my house. When I say 'unix-based' I mean linux and *BSD. When i say wireless I want 802.11b or g since my AP on my router supports both. I have no preference of b or g since I dont know much about wireless networks, but I am guessing G is better.

I at least want one desktop/server system I have to use wireless. My AP on my Linksys Wireless G (which also supports B) works fine and is setup. I am currently using it for wired networking. I have already purchased a D-Link DWL-520 (i think rev E) which is an PCI adapter for 802.11B. It seems many people have had problems getting this to work in Linux as D-Link only provides Windows drivers. I also have purchased a Linksys Wireless-B USB network adaptor. It also only has Windows drivers.

Although it would be nice to use my existing hardware, I would rather buy new hardware than spend hours and have headaches over configuration. Time I would rather spend coding or doing other activites. I have a question 'hit-list' below:

1. Is my hardware compatible?
2. What should I buy that will work out of the box or be very easy to configure?
3. What is difference in B and G protocols?
4. I have heard Linksys provides good PCMCIA cards for linux, what are they called?
5. Would PCMCIA->PCI converters be useful (i need a desktop on wireless)?
6. If all fails, will Windows 2000 and WinXP drivers work on Windows Server 2003 or similar?

My OS of choice is Slackware Linux. Most machines very close to the AP (less than 20ft.). My wireless knowledge is fairly limited.


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