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#1263
Wireless? 4 Years, 11 Months ago  
Is it possible to install a wireless card and ClearOS act as a wireless hotspot / access point?

Thanks!
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#1290
Re: Wireless? 4 Years, 11 Months ago  
Hey Tim,

Never tried it but I believe so sir. I know there is support for wireless cards - at least there is in 4.x. and I assume in the new Clear offerings too.

You can also utilize the "Hot Lan" feature and give your Wireless HotSpot access to the Internet but not that rest of your LAN segment which is really cool in some scenarios but for what you are asking - leaving it as another LAN segment should allow your regular and wireless LAN's to talk back and forth without issue.

Jim
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#1301
Re:Wireless? 4 Years, 11 Months ago  
Hi Peep's

Im pritty sure (well 99%) that yes, it in deed dose. But it deepend's on your liux skill level.
If i remember from when i looked into it you need to install somthing from one of the CC repo's that i think is dissabled as standard. But after that you then need to install the driver (or module) for your persific wireless card.
Sorry im a little vage on this but i dissided it was not for me when i looked into it. I would start your search for info on the old CC site here.

I agree with Jim on this one as i have this setup. Use a spare NIC set it as hotlan and connect it to a hardware AP. I found this to be the easy way out for me

What ever you disscided to do good luck with it
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#1306
Re:Wireless? 4 Years, 11 Months ago  
Currently wireless does work on the system. The reason it is 'not supported' is that that wireless network card providers do not typically produce linux friendly drivers. Some projects have been set up to include wireless hacks on the system. ClearOS incorporates SOME of those including madwifi which support Atheros based network cards. I've used the WG311T from Netgear (atheros based) religiously since it came out on ClarkConnect. It was one of the cards that work absolutely perfect out of the box with ClarkConnect and shows up automatically without having to muck about in command line. And yes, it works at 108 MBps just fine. That being said, ClearOS only currently support WEP and unauthenticated WIFI access. This is fine for a HotLAN but not for a corporate network. It is on my list of todos to get WPA2-Enterprise incorporated on the platform and having the LDAP integration was key for that to happen....baby steps, baby steps.
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#1311
Re:Wireless? 4 Years, 11 Months ago  
Thanks everyone!

I will just probably go with an external AP hooked into the lan. That makes it simple.
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#1564
Re:Wireless? 4 Years, 11 Months ago  
David - be nice to see all this working properly when it finally makes it via CentOS 5.5 to ClearOS...

Code:


Greetings,

RHEL5.5 is scheduled for a broad update of wireless LAN bits.
This includes updates to the cfg80211 and the mac80211 subsystems,
and the ath5k, iwl3945, iwl4965, iwl5000, rt2400pci, rt2500pci,
rt2500usb, rt61pci, rt73usb, rtl8180, and rtl8187 drivers, as well as
the addition of the iwl1000, and iwl6000 drivers and the core of the
rfkill subsystem.  For good measure, ath9k _may_ be added as well.
This represents a very large mass of code, and any extra testing is
most welcome.

Preliminary RHEL5 kernels with these wireless bits are available here:

http://people.redhat.com/linville/kernels/rhel5/

I have been using them with iwl4965, iwl5000, iwl6000, and ath9k
hardware here with very satisfactory results.  I would appreciate
your help testing not only on this hardware but whatever other bits
of the aforementioned hardware that you may have.

If you have a wireless LAN enabled box running RHEL5 (or CentOS 5 or
other equivalent) then please give these kernels a try.  When you find
problems, please open a bug against RHEL5.5 at bugzilla.redhat.com
and Cc: me on the bug. Remember, the surest way to avoid a bug in
RHEL5.5 is to find it before it is released, and the surest way to
avoid a bug in CentOS is to keep it out of RHEL...  :-) 

I appreciate your help!

Thanks,

John
-- John W. Linville 

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#1575
Re:Wireless? 4 Years, 11 Months ago  
Interesting news! it will certainly help wireless support with an upgraded kernel, particularly the mac802.11 stack.
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#1705
Re:Wireless? 4 Years, 11 Months ago  
David Loper, I would be very interested to know the steps you took to get the wireless card setup as an AP. Maybe you can make a quick tutorial or something for the rest of us. I have an Atheros chip Asus card, and I had troubles with Ath5k (didn't know I needed Hostapd), and blacklisted it to install madwifi. I can't get that working for anything. I can get the SSID to appear, and be setup for WEP security but anytime I try to connect it doesn't complete.

Thank you
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#1917
Re:Wireless? 4 Years, 10 Months ago  
Just for kicks I tried to install one of the RHEL5.5 test kernels onto ClearOS5.1 RC1 from the above page
people.redhat.com/linville/kernels/rhel5/
Code:

rpm -ivh http://people.redhat.com/linville/kernels/rhel5/rpms/kernel-2.6.18-178.el5.jwltest.97.i686.rpm
nano /etc/grub.conf



Suprisingly it actually works! iptables seems to be ok, not tested the VPN or Bandwidth so no idea if the other patches that are usually applied are still needed for this to be an all singing / dancing replacement. But....with much updated wireless support!
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#1919
Re:Wireless? 4 Years, 10 Months ago  
Marvelous - thanks Tim...

I had been looking to backup my D-Link DWL-G810 with a rt2500pci based Wireless card, but tests indicated it was too unstable, and was going to wait for the newer Wireless support...

Installed the above kernel and source and rebooted - all OK...

As a bonus vt1211 support for some VIA Epia boards is now built into that kernel, so no need to compile a customized vt1221 driver.

Compiled my custom longhaul driver for cpu frequency control and will see how it goes... If OK over Xmas the rt2500 card will go in...

grassmere-productions.pointclark.net/frame-15-sysinfo.html for details so far...

Edit: Forget to add - iptables seems ok and no new errors in /var/log/messages syswatch system etc...
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