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Question #8260 posted on 10/01/2004 4:03 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Do any of you have any experience setting up a wireless network, where one of the computers is a linux client? Is it easier with the 2.6 kernel than with 2.4? Are any of the flavors of linux easier for wireless networking? Plugging the computer into my wireless router works great, but getting it to even talk to the USB wireless network card is proving to be somewhat of a challenge.

-54 Mbs

A: Dear 54 Mbps,

The primary issue with wireless in Linux is driver support. Unfortunately, my wireless card is made by some idiot vendor who won't release a Linux driver. They won't even release the specs so someone else can write one. Grr... Anyway, the first step is make sure the card is supported. 2.6 will be better for this. Beyond that, I really can't help, since I've never gotten that far. I'd recommend you check out this HowTo for more info: http://www.siliconvalleyccie.com/linux-hn/wmp11-linux.htm

- Wireless Webmaster