[Ilugc] wlan - access point for linux
- From: siva@xxxxxxxxxxx (Sivasankar Chander)
- Date: Mon Jul 12 14:02:09 2004
wlan accesspoint ( minipci or pci card ) that is know to work in linux
( that has a proper working driver ).
Access points (APs) are not cards, either in the PCI or miniPCI form
factor. They're stand-alone appliances, and you don't need a driver for
an AP. They're sometimes configurable using a web interface.
Suppose i buy a WLAN card, can i make it to work as a accesspoint ?
Yes, but only those cards that support 'host' mode. Examples include
any card that uses an Intersil (now Connexant) PrismII, Prism2.5, Prism GT
or similar chipset. You need the HostAP driver and wireless tools to
make this work. It's not really worthwhile to use a card as an AP, since
you need to commit a whole system to it, andi standalone APs now cost much
less than $100, sometimes as little as $20.
or is there separate WLAN cards that works as acesspoint that is different
See above. Only certain chipsets support host mode, and only these can work
as APs using the HostAP driver.
i need only boards that operate in 802.11g mode
Your choices are fewer here. Only the Prism GT is an 802.11g card that may
also have HostAP support. The Atheros and Broadcom chipsets have some
degree of Linux support, but only as client devices (AFAIK).
Under no circumstances should you get any of the el cheapo Marvell and
similar far-eastern chipsets. None of these have *any* Linux support.
The short answer is: stick to Prism chipsets from Connexant.
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