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Re: Linux & Wireless networking

Great addition to this thread, Mike.  Funny, I remmember you posting 
something about the price of these access points a while back, but it really 
didn't mean anything to me at the time ... too bad for me ...

I'm interested in what the max range would be for a Orinoco card ... In 
addition to pulling the plug on my laptop and being able to roam the house 
and work, I'd like to give my business partner access to our office through 
the high speed access at my house ... his house is about 50 yards away ... 
will the silver Orinoco cards have a 50 yard range under normal conditions?



On Wednesday 31 December 1969 18:00, you wrote:
> Steve wrote:
> > On Tue, Jan 22, 2002 at 02:53:07PM -0600, James L. Burke wrote:
> > > I'd like your recommendation on Linux wireless and also some price
> > > quotes as well ... 1 Access Point, 2 Cards for home use.
> >
> > Probably the best card for Linux users is either the Orinoco (Agere)
> > Gold card.
> Only diff b/w Gold and Silver is 64-bit vs 128-bit WEP. Since WEP is
> useless, go for the cheaper silver cards. Pricewatch is running around $70.
> Other cards (e.g. the Airports) have higher power outputs in the more
> expensive cards. Higher power = longer range, plain and simple.
> > Here are some alternatives for access points:
> >     D-Link DWL-900AP	$156
> >     NetGear ME102	$160
> >     Belkin F5D6130	$165
> >     Linksys WAP11	$166
> >     SMC 2655W		$174
> >     D-Link DWL-1000AP	$186
> In the St. Louis Wireless group (stlwireless.net) (plug, plug),
> we've just completed an order for some Lucent RG-1000 access points.
> We can get them currently at $110 for the AP and $140 for the "AP Kit"
> which includes an extra silver card. Interestingly, the RG-1000 has
> a java-based configuration utility, and is a snap under both linux
> and non-Linux OSes. Even more interesting, the RG-1000 is a plastic
> shell around a plain-old Orinoco Silver card for its guts.
> So, for the kit price, you get the AP essentially for free.
> Too bad you didn't open your yap yesterday....
> If there's enough interest, i.e. more than quantity 1, I'll be glad
> to place another order - and I take Paypal (i.e. MC/Visa).
> E-me off-list for more info.
> Our group can also help you work through things like external antennas and
> cabling. I also highly recommend the new O'Reilly book on wireless
> community networking if you're thinking about opening up your access point
> for general use by you, your neighbors, etc.
> The basic idea is that you run the AP outside your firewall and tunnel
> inside and then back out to your internet. Then, a compromise on your AP
> can only get the hacker greater internet access, which you are giving away
> anyway. Plus, the potential hacker has to disclose much, much more about
> him/herself when participating in your wireless network. i.e. you have a
> MAC address and know they are within a certain physical distance to your
> AP.
> The software you want to run on/behind your AP can be gandered at
> http://nocat.net. Sign up for the stlwireless.net list if you're interested
> at the local level. We'd love to see free wireless access everywhere. Free
> wireless access to/from schools and libraries would be a huge start. Or a
> mesh that never hits a hard line for local traffic - i.e. truly *FREE*
> bandwidth, all day, all the time, and they'll make more.
> Mike808/
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