Re: fun stuff - dvd - 802.11g
Alvin Oga <aoga@ns.Linux-Consulting.com> writes:
> i've just gotten the distro to recognize the Netgear WG311 pci
> 802.11g card ( have a linksys card too but havent tested it yet )
> - note that its "g" 54Mbps ... vs the slower 802.11[a/b]
Nitpicking, 802.11a is also advertised as 54mbps, but runs on a
different frequency than 802.11b/g. So on a mixed b/g network, you
can wind up with the g clients slowing down to b rates to accomodate
the slower hosts; since 802.11a runs on a separate frequency, it
always runs at full speed. I also know there are some
interoperability problems with 802.11g (I had trouble earlier this
summer trying to use a Dell-brand 802.11b card vs. some big-name
802.11g APs), but those might be cleaned up with newer hardware.
The downside of 802.11a under Linux is that
> - i got it working with the athros drivers from madwifi
there's only one manufacturer of 802.11a chipsets (Atheros), and one
driver for it, which works well enough for most purposes but isn't
> - now the trick is to setup another box just like it
> and the two machines should be able to talk to each other
> over 802.11g ...
I don't know whether things besides 802.11b support "ad-hoc"
networking. But access points are comparatively cheap these days, and
they pretty much all advertise 802.11g support.
> - not that WEP is NOT secure ... ( its been cracked )
Google-search for "end to end argument"; this doesn't concern me
terribly (though my housemates think I shouldn't have a completely
open 802.11b AP).
> and the other fun stuff... i just bought my first dvd .. w/out having
> a player or system setup ...
> - played w/ ogle, xine, mplayer, few others..
> - after a few hours of fiddling ( installing various packages )
> - "dvd player" is now working .. so now i need a new set of
> real speakers and real audio amps
Which software package did you wind up using?
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