[svlug] 802.11b bridge
J C Lawrence
claw at kanga.nu
Sun Nov 25 14:51:01 PST 2001
On Sun, 25 Nov 2001 12:37:15 -0800
Mark C <Mark> wrote:
> On Fri, Nov 23, 2001 at 03:06:32PM -0800, Breen Mullins wrote:
>> At 12:36 -0800 11/23/01, J C Lawrence wrote:
> Actually, the LinkSys WAP11 does not have a web-based interface.
Umm. Yes. Damn.
A good starting point for this area seems to be the 802.11b blog:
And in particular:
Unfortunately the Cisco Aironet boxes are $1,400 ($800 EBay).
> I've got 3 access points in my apartment: one AirPort AP, and two
> WAP11's. I use the AirPort for notebook and handheld wireless
> access, and I'm using the WAP11's to bridge two wired networks in
> my apartment (my main LAN and a small secondary net in my living
<nod> I may be interested in doing that as well (wireless bridging).
The ZoomAir AP11 looks interesting for that use as well, tho a mite
> The WAP11's can only have their firmware upgraded using a windows
> utility and the USB cable. Initial configuration also requires
> this setup.
> Further, the WAP11s have several firmware updates available for
> them, which fix several bugs. One of the bugs causes the wireless
> link to go to sleep seemingly at random.
<nod> Annoying. The SMC SMC2655W is also an interesting box, a
little expensive, and makes me nervous over the power over CAT5:
They also have the same F/W upgrade problem (and link drop
> There's also been reports on the BAWUG mailing list that the WAP11
> power supply doesn't seem to ground properly, putting other than
> logic-level current on the CAT5.
> The dual external antennas with diversity mode are also nice, but
> really only a concern if you intend to replace them for long-haul
As one of the secondary purposes of this project is neighborhood
networking, that is an interest here. I suspect I'll be going for a
non-wireless<->wireless bridging solution in the short term, working
on the assumption that by the time I really need/want that they
equipment will be much cheaper and more common.
WAP11 has Windows-only config and F/W upgrade problems, but does
wireless bridging, fair signal range, can use an external
aerial, concerns over bad grounding/power bleed.
DLink needs a Windows-only init, and can then be driven off SNMP
(they provide a MIB).
SMC has windows-only F/W upgrade problems, but is otherwise SNMP
based. Also uses power over CAT5 which is mildly scary, good
Buffalo has windows-only init, web based config, poor thruput (see
J C Lawrence
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