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O'Reilly: Wireless Linux: Putting Wireless to Work

Apr 16, 2002, 17:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Spector)

"Wireless networks are even more in the news than when Part I of this series was written -- for both good and bad reasons. The good is that there are even more choices in wireless networking and the 72Mbps turbo-version of standard 802.11a is finally available from a number of vendors; the bad is that several new security vulnerabilities have been discovered in the WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy) standard built into all 802.11x wireless cards. This isn't a fatal flaw, but it is making life a lot more "interesting" for those wishing to deploy wireless networks -- a lot more planning must be done to "get it right."

"For Linux specifically there's been nothing but good news: every modern Linux distribution that supports PCMCIA cards can now use wireless cards from almost any vendor. This is easier than you?d think since there are only three or four kinds of PCMCIA controller chipsets being used by the majority of vendors. It's as easy as going to your local CompUSA and dropping $100 for a card and you're on the air. Even desktop systems can support PCMCIA cards with the addition of a single- or double-card controller..."

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