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Old 09-02-2004, 03:29 PM   #1
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Simple newbie question - how to...


Sorry if this is a no-brainer, but I want to set up a wireless link between 2 PC's. One is my linux server (running rh7.3) and the other a Win98/fedora dual boot PC.

1. Can I do this with just 2 wireless nic's ?
2. or - do I have to by an access point as well ?

The intention is to chuck a wnic into both boxes and use the linux box as I already do for wired connections (ie router/gateway).

Final part. Which cards (and if necessary access points) work well with rh7.3 and fedora?

Thanks - and sorry if it is obvious....
 
Old 09-02-2004, 03:45 PM   #2
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Yes this is possible.

I am using that setup at home.

Here is a good write-up on the specifics. I know it's written for slackware, but you can work it with any disto.

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...ticle&artid=45
 
Old 09-02-2004, 03:51 PM   #3
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Thanks for a quick answer.

So you didn't use a separate access point because (according to the document you linked) the wnic in the linux box effectively becomes the access point ?

Was it easy or a bit of a nightmare?

What encryption do you use (or general security) ?
 
Old 09-02-2004, 04:01 PM   #4
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No need for an access point. You set one of the cards to mode = "Master" and it acts as the AP.
Configuring it was fairly easy.
I generally just use WEP for security, rotating my keys out on a regular basis. I don't have any trouble with this setup connecting my notebook (Linux) and my PDA (also Linux), but I've noticed that Windows boxes seem to be somewhat stubborn connecting, that on those rare occasions, I'll just turn the encryption off. That's only once in a while, as I don't have any windows boxes. I haven't had the need to try to discover what the problem is. (I guess you could call that another layer of security against Windows machines )
 
Old 09-02-2004, 04:34 PM   #5
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Thank you. You have helped greatly!

I'm not put off now, so I will give it a go. As for Windows connecting, I am happy to only connect when using Fedora.

I may well have questions when I actual go about it, but I'll tackle those as and when.

Thank you once again!
 
  


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