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IT World: Standards based wireless networking with Linux

Dec 23, 2000, 19:17 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jeff Rose)

"AbsoluteValue Software, Inc. is a software-development services company specializing in embedded and wireless systems. Mark and Jo-Ellen Mathews, the owners of the company, are the creators and maintainers of the Linux Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) project that began in December 1996."

"According to the Mathews, the Linux WLAN project currently includes:

  • A standards-compliant Linux device driver for IEEE 802.11 wireless network cards containing the Harris PRISM radio chipset
  • User-mode utility software that interacts with the device driver -- for example, scanning for existing networks, choosing what network to join, and selecting radio channel"
"While a wireless LAN could exist as a sole, general-purpose LAN, wireless LANs are more often seen as an extension to an existing LAN as a means to support mobile users. A wireless LAN is not a metropolitan area network or a wide area network. Unlike those two technologies, wireless LANs have short ranges on the order of meters as opposed to miles."

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