Wireless Office

James Knott james.knott-bJEeYj9oJeDQT0dZR+AlfA at public.gmane.org
Mon Dec 29 20:35:29 UTC 2008

Lance F. Squire wrote:
> Looking at setting-up a wireless office.
> There is only one Linux box in the office used as the firewall. It will 
> be connecting directly to the wireless router. Doubt there will be much 
> problem there.
> The rest of the office is a mix of windows and Mac boxes. They are 
> thinking usb adapters would be the best way to go. Some of the boxes are 
> older.
> Was wondering if anyone had set-up a similar network, and opinions on 
> the various venders.
> Was thinking of using Lynksys,

Are you connecting the WiFi box directly to the ISP?  If so, why use the 
Linux box as the firewall?  If you're connecting the Linux box to the 
ISP with the local network behind it, you'll have to configure the WiFi 
box in AP mode.  Most can do that, but probably use a different name. 
"AP mode" means you connect via the LAN ports, rather than WAN and turn 
off DHCP (unless you need a DHCP server) & uPnP. I've used SMC, Linksys, 
D-Link and Asus.  They all work well.  While USB WiFi NICs may be 
suitable, you can also get PCI cards too.  One advantage of the USB NIC, 
is you can put it up high, at the end of a USB extention cable.

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