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Wirless network for home

 
Steve Chernyak
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I want to set up a wirless network at home.
I also want to install linux on my laptop.
Does anybody know which wirless network cards are support on linux?
I will probably be installing Red Hat 7.3
Thanks
 
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Originally posted by Steve Chernyak:
I want to set up a wirless network at home.
I also want to install linux on my laptop.
Does anybody know which wirless network cards are support on linux?
I will probably be installing Red Hat 7.3
Thanks


I think you need a Fash card or Ethernet card and you got to have a acess point for wireless connection
 
Frank Carver
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I've got a wireless network at home and I love it. I used to have an "Orinoco" access point but I dropped it and it stopped working, so I bought a more recent, cheaper, D-Link one, and re-used the PCMCIA wireless NIC cards that I bought for the Orinoco.
Unfortunately I can't help with Linux card compatibility, as all my Linux boxes are hard-wired to the access point using regular ethernet NICs. The best thing to do is to choose one which looks like what you want, find the exact model number and do a google search for "Linux" and the card ID. You'll soon find out what people think of it.
Surfing the JavaRanch in a sunny garden with a cold drink and laptop can't be beat.
 
Frank Carver
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I can't help thinking that this thread will likely get more sensible responses in "Linux/Unix" or even "General Computing" than in "Meaningless Drivel". On balance, I think it'll be best in Linux Unix, so I've moved it for you. Replies over there, please.
 
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Originally posted by Frank Carver:
Surfing the JavaRanch in a sunny garden with a cold drink and laptop can't be beat.

Indeed it is ... for the few days of sun that we get in this country!
 
James O'Dell
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Yeah, I know this thread is pretty old, but I just came across it.
Wireless networking is surprisingly easy under RedHat7.3 if your willing to put in a little effort. I am using the Linksys Access Point with a Linksys wireless Card. Just do the following:
1. Download the Linux-wlan-ng source from http://www.linux-wlan.com/download.html
2. Download the pcmcia-cs source from http://pcmcia-cs.sourceforge.net/
3. Install RedHat on your laptop and include the kernel sources. Remove the pcmcia-cs package, it may be installed by default. You'll want to use pcmcia-cs source.
4. Rebuild your default kernel and remove kernel pcmcia support (you want to use the pcmcia-cs source you downloaded). Install your fresh kernel and modules. reboot to make sure everything is still ok.
5. compile and install the pcmcia-cs source. (Yes you may need to use floppies to get the pcmcia-cs source and wlan-ng source to your laptop).
6. Compile and install the linux-wlan-ng source.
7. Edit the file "/etc/pcmcia/network.opts" put your network info in here.
8. Edit the file "/etc/pcmcia/wlan-ng.opts". You'll need to put in the SSID you used when setting up your access point.
9. Stick your wireless lan card in and reboot! Make sure you have configured Sysv-init to start pcmcia on startup.
Notes: The compilation steps for pcmcia-cs and wlan-ng are pretty simple, just run ./Configure in the respective directories.You'll be asked a bunch of questions, specify the source directories but you can pretty much accept the defaults for everything else. Then do a "make all", and a "make install".
By the way you need to be root for doing the installs and editing.
[ August 17, 2002: Message edited by: James O'Dell ]
 
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