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Wireless, Wireless Everywhere (3 Links on 802.11b)

Jan 19, 2002, 00:30 (7 Talkback[s])

Just in time for a holiday weekend project, a book review regarding wireless networking and information about a software package that replaces the firmware of several wireless access points with an embedded Linux distribution designed to provide enhanced functionality by providing a complete Linux environment.

  • Linux Journal: Building Wireless Community Networks: A Book Review
    "There's a wealth of reference information on antennas, cables and where to put them, including surveying with the aid of a GPS. After reading this, you should be able to order a "pigtail" or an "omni" for your site with confidence. If you prefer to build your own, there are plans, photos and instructions for making the famous Pringles can antenna. To solve lack of line-of-sight, you can build a repeater out of two Airports or a surplus 486 "tablet" PC. The projects will inspire your own ideas, and the connector information certainly won't change as rapidly as the software does.

    Finally, there's the question of authentication and a partial answer in the form of an intro to NoCatAuth, a web-based login service similar to those you might have encountered in a hotel. It's under development and looks very promising as a way to keep possible abusers under control.

    If I had to come up with some savage criticism of this book, it would be that Flickenger's web articles, and others out there, are good enough that you could probably get started with just on-line information. But the book does provide a way to get the basics down, get up to speed, order parts with a lower chance of getting the wrong thing and having to return it, and find other local enthusiasts who want to network with you."

  • LinuxDevices.com: New open source solution for Linux-based 802.11 access points
    LinuxDevices.com reports that Instant802 Networks Inc. has announced the release of OpenAP, an open source Linux distribution for 802.11 access points. OpenAP is said to be a complete set of open-source software (including a customized Embedded Linux distribution) needed to produce a fully 802.11b compliant Linux-based wireless access point.
  • The Instant802 homepage
    "Here you can find the complete source code, build environment, and instructions for flashing an 802.11 access point with linux 2.4.17. The end product is a linux-based access point providing full wireless services, including multipoint to multipoint wireless bridging (802.1d), while at the same time distributing fully standard 802.11b connections to end users."

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