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 08/02/2006 10:43 AM
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Megadeath:

I am looking to turn my linux server into a wireless router (already serving samba share, apache/mysql and option of game servers). I am by no means a linux guru but I am pretty comfortable with it and know my way around. Currently I am running SuSE 9.3 64bit but I am open to any distro. The box is plenty beefy with 1GB of memory and an FX-55 so hardware won’t be a problem.

My main question is what type of wireless card do I need? My goal is to be a fully functional access point/ router. I know it is much easier to use a standalone wireless router but I am very interested integrating all of my network services into one box.

I am also wondering about ease of configuration.

Thanks for any suggestions or comments in advance,
- dmcanally


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 08/02/2006 10:53 AM
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http://www.hpl.hp.com/personal/Jean_Tourrilhes/Linux/

Read through that, I think you'll find everything on there.

As far as distro goes, Fedora Core is good for this as well as Gentoo, but Gentoo I recommend because it is heavily customizable, so you can install only those things that you need. But beware, it is a difficult distro.
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quote:

Originally posted by: Megadeth
http://www.hpl.hp.com/personal/Jean_Tourrilhes/Linux/

Read through that, I think you'll find everything on there.

As far as distro goes, Fedora Core is good for this as well as Gentoo, but Gentoo I recommend because it is heavily customizable, so you can install only those things that you need. But beware, it is a difficult distro.




sweet, thanks for the info!

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Another good article on setting up a wireless access point:
http://www.linux.com/article.pl?sid=06/07/10/1729226


Distro doesn't really matter as long as you have a 2.6.X.X kernel.
 08/02/2006 11:03 AM
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quote:

Originally posted by: bvchurch
Another good article on setting up a wireless access point:
http://www.linux.com/article.pl?sid=06/07/10/1729226
Distro doesn't really matter as long as you have a 2.6.X.X kernel.



I was wondering about that... does 2.6 kernel have better wireless support than 2.4? I haven't played with wireless under a linux environment so this project should be interesting.

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ndiswrapper can use windows drivers for your wireless nic. check it out; it should be easily installable on most distros.
 08/02/2006 11:25 AM
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quote:

Originally posted by: dmcanally
I was wondering about that... does 2.6 kernel have better wireless support than 2.4? I haven't played with wireless under a linux environment so this project should be interesting.



2.6 has more features, so it would be best to use it. Distro, it just depends what your comfortable with.

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ndiswrapper can use windows drivers for your wireless nic. check it out; it should be easily installable on most distros.



I wouldn't recommend it, I had nightmares with ndiswrapper. Stick with a native-Linux card as you did ask for what kind which implies that you will be buying a new one?
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Originally posted by: Megadeth
2.6 has more features, so it would be best to use it. Distro, it just depends what your comfortable with.
I wouldn't recommend it, I had nightmares with ndiswrapper. Stick with a native-Linux card as you did ask for what kind which implies that you will be buying a new one?


I have a netgear wg311 in my desktop right now, but I will need one for my server. Which one can I expect to have the best linux support? My buddy said something about needing a wireless nic with ‘master mode’ but I wasn’t too sure what he was talking about.

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