As a bookmark for myself, and a reference for others, Ross Finlayson has put together a good document on using a Unix box as an wireless network base station, and Jean Tourrilhes has a great reference for using Linux and wireless networks. Or, for another approach, there’s a seemingly good Windows management app for the Apple Airport base station available, as well as a Java version. Finally, Ben Gross has a damn fine compendium of wireless links to help you set up a network. When I finally get off my ass and put together a home wireless setup, these will save me some money.


Wireless sure is sweet. I would, at all costs, avoid buying an Apple Airport if it can be avoided. I’ve had a hand in buying 8 of them, and 4 have died in the last year.

Not fun.

• Posted by: James Spahr on Jan 10, 2002, 11:03 AM

I absolutely adore my Linksys EtherFast Wireless AP + Cable/DSL Router w/4-Port Switch. A few people have complained about its antenna range, but I haven’t had any issues; we live in an old brick, steel, and concrete building, and the guys downstairs have no problems seeing 11 Mbps. Easy to configure, plenty stable, and 128-bit encryption. Plus, it’s got external antenna jacks, so it’ll be easy to upgrade the range if needs be.

• Posted by: Eamon Daly on Jan 11, 2002, 10:57 AM
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