[svlug] 802.11b bridge

hvrietsc@yahoo.com hvrietsc at yahoo.com
Sun Nov 25 22:20:01 PST 2001


at this link you can find how to build your own "access point".

all you need is a pcmcia card and a linux box.

http://www.live.com/wireless/unix-base-station.html


On Sun, Nov 25, 2001 at 02:52:45PM -0800, J C Lawrence wrote:
> 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:
> 
>   http://80211b.weblogger.com/
> 
> And in particular:
> 
>   http://80211b.weblogger.com/cheapgateways.html
> 
> Also interesting:
> 
>   http://www.nwfusion.com/reviews/2001/0205rev.html
> 
> 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
> > room).
> 
> <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
> expensive.
> 
> > 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:
> 
>   http://www.smc.com/index.cfm?action=products_show_description&productCode=SMC2655W
> 
> They also have the same F/W upgrade problem (and link drop
> behaviour).
> 
> > 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.
> 
> Ouch.
> 
> > The dual external antennas with diversity mode are also nice, but
> > really only a concern if you intend to replace them for long-haul
> > wireless.
> 
> 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.
> 
> Summary:
> 
>   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
>     signal range.
>   Buffalo has windows-only init, web based config, poor thruput (see
>     reviews)
> 
> -- 
> J C Lawrence
> ---------(*)                Satan, oscillate my metallic sonatas.
> claw at kanga.nu               He lived as a devil, eh?
> http://www.kanga.nu/~claw/  Evil is a name of a foeman, as I live.
> 
> _______________________________________________
> svlug mailing list
> svlug at lists.svlug.org
> http://lists.svlug.org/lists/listinfo/svlug




More information about the svlug mailing list