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RE: Wireless LAN

I'm using the Netgear wireless kit. It all runs on linux fine.

Unless you actually want one, you don't have to get a base station - just
run the cards in ad-hoc mode and you can use a linux box as the


-----Original Message-----
From: David Z Maze [mailto:dmaze@debian.org]
Sent: 21 November 2002 15:46
To: debian-user@lists.debian.org
Subject: Re: Wireless LAN

Rusty Minden <clownsinc@attbi.com> writes:
> I am going to be getting a wireless LAN 802.11b for my home 
> network. I would like to get one that is supported by GNU/Linux. 
> Does anyone have any suggestions?

Any card built with an Orinoco chipset should work fine; this turns
out to be "most of them".

> I have two desktop computers and a laptop computer I will be 
> setting up. The Laptop and one desktop run Debian Sarge on the 
> 2.4.18 kernel. The other computer runs Windows ME for the wife. 
> I have a small network in my computer lab set up with the server 
> and the laptop when I am in the room, but wireless would be a 
> good addition.

When I've looked at this before, wireless cards for PCs are hard to
come by and expensive.  What you wind up with is actually a one-card
PCMCIA slot and a normal PCMCIA 802.11 card.  I've found it easier and
cheaper to build a small wired network, which includes the 802.11
access point, and then run laptops (which already have PCMCIA and/or
built-in 802.11) off of that.

David Maze         dmaze@debian.org      http://people.debian.org/~dmaze/
"Theoretical politics is interesting.  Politicking should be illegal."
	-- Abra Mitchell

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