[lug] 802.11b wireless

Hugh Brown hugh at vecna.com
Thu Feb 28 14:36:12 MST 2002

As I was trying to get my wireless stuff working a while ago, I seem to
remember reading that linux won't work as an access point.  You either
ad hoc and have a closed network, or you get an access point to get to
the outside network.

I think I read it in the man pages for the wireless tools (iwconfig and

Take with a grain of salt.


On Thu, 2002-02-28 at 16:35, J. Wayde Allen wrote:
> On Thu, 28 Feb 2002, sanders wrote:
> > I have just set up a cobination similar to this.  Another item needed is 
> > your access point to bring you into the network.  If your needing others 
> > to look at your system, it'd be possible to do a peer-to-peer without 
> > needing an access point unit.  If you have your NIC plugged into their 
> > network you could also be the access point for other wireless too.  To 
> > do peer to peer they should all be set to "adhoc".
> OK ... it is the access point that I'm not clear about.  If I'm reading
> this correctly it sounds like I could just plug the pcmcia wireless card
> into a laptop and plug the laptop into the network.  As long as the card
> is configured as adhoc it would then work as the access point?  Would
> there need to be any routing software installed on the laptop?
> - Wayde
>   (wallen at lug.boulder.co.us)

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