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Old 02-13-2005, 02:42 PM   #1
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Question Some basic advice for hardware selection please

I'm looking for some basic advice to help me buy the best bits of hardware.

I recently went for broadband and bought an ADSL wireless router to make connection as simple as possible under Linux. Its a "BT Voyager 2100" and all setup was done via a web browser so Linux compatabilty was not an issue.
The ADSL box is in the living room on the ground floor as that's where the the phone socket is.
The computer in the living room is attached via wired etehernet and that works fine.

I'd like to extend the network to one or more computers in the study (in the attic 2 floors up)

That's why I bought a wireless router.

The more I look at buying a wireless NIC (PCI card) for any of the computers upstairs, the more confused I become about which will work with Linux as most compatability lists seem to focus on models I can't find or rely on my knowing the chipset of a card I haven't bought yet. Not something they seem to tell you on the outside of the box.

My other thoughts were, to continue to keep it simple and buy another AP/router/bridge to just connect the network upstairs wirelessly to the router downstairs.
But, I can't even work out if what I need is another router, an access point or just a bridge, and how easy will instalation of any will be.

The hub upstairs is (I think) an old 10 base T hub so I've no problems replacing it.
The machines upstairs are are an aging AMD 500 with RH9 and an even older P133 with RH7.2 and would need an ISA card (if one exists)(this latter machine should be considered disposable if it's too hard to fit into a decent setup) There are no windows boxes involved, unless I decide to allow my neighbours to share my broadband connection at some point.

Finally, I have a HP Laserjet 4l upstairs which I'd like to try putting a 'print server' adapter on and attaching it directly to the network as well, but that's a later plan. The cheaper ones are all wired though if that's a consideration.

Advice greatfully accepted but I may decline to try the anatomically impossible or even just hard.
I've ben using Linux for longer than I care to recollect, but I've always had friends who could set up/administer and fix them for me, but now I've moved and hope the wider community will put up with my daft questions.


Old 02-13-2005, 03:58 PM   #2
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I'd go the other way around, see which card you can get easily and then check if it's compatible and how. Then you can make decisions. You don't need to know the exact chipset often, just the exact model.

Don't know about your other questions though.


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