keesan at sdf.lonestar.org
Fri Sep 29 10:06:00 EDT 2006
On Fri, 29 Sep 2006 3aoo-cvfd at dea.spamcon.org wrote:
> sindi keesan wrote:
>> Or maybe a wireless network card. Would the 'big'
>> kernel with some module be adequate?
> I've done wireless with the standard BL3 kernel.
> You'll find my configuration for that type of
> wireless card in /etc/pcmcia/config (in BL3).
> Your biggest problem will be to find the right
> module (and parameters) for your wireless card.
> There are lots of different types of wireless
> cards. Hopefully you will find the module for
> yours in the collection at the BL3 site.
David Moberg compiled the module for our two PCMCIA wireless cards but I
think they are cardbus, and BL3 does not support cardbus, and I am not
sure our computer even does.
> It is much easier with PCMCIA modem cards (which
> all use the serial module) and PCMCIA network
> cards (most of which use the pcnet module).
> Both of those modules are in BL3.
We have two PCMCIA network cards (16-bit, the 32-bit would not work for
me) and lots of PCMCIA modems working in BL3 and BL2.
I am temporarily giving up on the cardbus wireless PCMCIA card and would
like to get the other gadget which came in the kit to work with BL. It is
a router combined with wireless access point (which I think means it will
pick up a signal, amplify it, and then pass it along). Two antennas, four
ethernet ports in back plus a fifth with a cable in it which I think plugs
into a DSL modem or the equivalent for cable TV (which we do not have).
It then passes along the signal to four desktop computers with wired
ethernet cards and/or a laptop computer with the wireless card.
The neighbor offered us use of his cable TV broadband connection once he
sets up a wireless system in his house, and the county will eventually
offer 80K/sec wireless internet free.
Do we put this gadget on the porch nearest the neighbor (the house is
lined with aluminum vapor barrier and has a metal roof) and run an
ethernet cable into the house for each computer (or maybe one cable to a
hub inside the house)? The gadget comes with a CD for Windows - would this
install some software to the gadget that would then let it transfer data
We could also put the gadget in the attic and use the roof as an antenna
(run something from the roof to the built-in antenna). We get good radio
reception with the radio antenna attached to one particular point in the
cupola roof (which is the right size for a radio signal) but this is a
much shorter wavelength (2.4 GHz vs radio 90 MHz)
It has a 'Built-in 4-port Ethernet Switch and Wireless Access Point' -
does this mean it both receives signals from the outer world (via our
choice of cable or antenna) and passes them via ethernet cable (or
wireless broadcast) to our computers? Or maybe it only broadcasts and
does not receive wireless signals and we need a different gadget (or if
the house does not block the signal, some desktop wireless network cards
with linux drivers).
Dialup is much simpler.
Cheers, > Steven
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