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Old 10-31-2005, 08:34 AM   #1
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Wireless Access Point Setup

Hi, im new to the forum and new to linux. i want to set up a wireless access point on my linux machine, and heard that its possible, but havent seen a very indepth tutorial or one aimed at newbies yet. i have:

A Laptop running SuSE Linux 10.0.
An onboard ethernet card connected to a linksys wired router conected to cable internet.
A Belkin F5D7050 54g wireless usb dongle.

firstly, is it possible to set this up as an access point, and secondly, any ideas how?

any help on this matter would be greatply apreiciated, thanks
Old 11-01-2005, 04:25 PM   #2
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You could have a read up on using iptables to configure network address translation (NAT) and IP masquerading which allows you share out Internet access from your laptop to other machines. Most tutorials explain this with two ethernet nic's, but the principal is the same when using a wireless nic instead. Simply configure the wireless connection in ad-hoc mode, and you should find that you can simply point your other computers to the IP address of your wireless card as their default gateway, and providing your iptables are set right, the Linux box then forwards this request to the Internet and returns the page to them.

There's a ton of tutorials, and probably something under the answers section on LQ for setting up NAT + ip masquerading.


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