"Want to launch wireless networking into open source orbit? Then
Sputnik, founded by the trio behind Linuxcare, wants to help
"Sputnik lets you turn an ordinary PC into a dedicated 802.11b
wireless access point (WAP). In the future, Sputnik will be able to
run as a daemon on Linux systems and will also support the faster
(54Mbps vs. 802.11b's 11Mbps) 802.11a wireless protocol. While this
GPL project is still in beta, there's enough there to see that
Sputnik will achieve a successful launch.
"If you want to give Sputnik a try today, it's easy to meet the
basic hardware requirements--32 MBs of RAM, a bootable CD-ROM
drive, a 486 or better Intel processor and a CD-ROM burner -- but
the network requirements are more exacting. You must have one
ordinary Ethernet card and an available PCMCIA slot for an Intersil
Prism II chipset 802.11b card with 8.0.3 or higher firmware. These
PCMCIA 802.11b cards are common enough, but many cards, like Lucent
and Orinoco, use other chip sets. You can expect most cards to be
supported in the future, and the company is working on PCI wireless
cards, but for today, it's Intersil Prism II and PCMCIA cards, or
you can forget about Sputnik getting off the ground..."
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