Re: Subject?

From: Jeff Meden (
Date: 2002-08-26 05:44:02 UTC

Keith Mitchell wrote:

> <SNIP>
> /> I have a D-Link DWL-520 happily plugging away in AP Master mode on
> my Linux/
> /> box, with another Linux box connecting as a client to the master
> using a/
> /> DWL-520. I can ping happily across this wireless link, as well as/
> /> connections "behind" the wireless links./
> />/
> /> I tried adding a DWL-900AP+ to the network as a wireless access
> device for/
> /> a TiVo / Turbonet combo. However, when the DWL-900AP+ is in "AP
> Client/
> /> Mode", I can ping the LAN address of the DWL-900AP+ from the Linux AP/
> /> Master, however, I cannot ping the IP of the device that is
> attached to the/
> /> LAN interface of the DWL-900AP+. If I put the 900 in "AP Bridge
> Mode", it/
> /> breaks after 17 miscellaneous packets are received by the DWL-520 /
> Linux //
> /> HostAP host./
> In AP client mode the 900AP is a glorified wireless station -- not
> really worth the money.
> So what exactly are you trying to do with the 900AP? I'm confused.
> What is it acting as a wireless station for in AP Client Mode? What
> was it purpose when you set it up as an Access Point in AP Bridge Mode?
> <SNIP>
> Now that I have a good mailer, let's see if this message comes through
> correctly...
> What I am trying to do with the 900AP is essentially give Wireless
> networking to a device that only has room for a wired Ethernet
> connection. I want the 900AP to act as an 802.2 => 802.11b protocol
> converter. It's connecting a remote device with a hardwired ethernet
> connection into my wireless network... Unfortuneatly it seems that
> the only way this will work is to use it to bridge between 2 900AP+'s,
> or do a packet-capture of the bridge-mode negotiation-packets, and
> have Jouni (with all his spare time) write an exception into the
> hostAP code to complete the bridge.
> What may be easier is the Linksys WET11, which I am going to try. If
> it fails, back to the drawing board...
> /
> /

If its an ethernet client bridge that youre after, 3COM makes a 'ECB' that allows you to truly bridge any ethernet device onto a wlan. the total cost is about $270 (ECB plus ORiNOCO silver/gold card), and Ive tested its function with HostAP. Definately worth a look, its our unit of choice for customer prem where we need a wired tap from the wlan, to go to a NAT device, router, etc.

Jeff Meden

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