Subject: Re: WLAN recommendations?
To: Jukka Marin <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Steven M. Bellovin <email@example.com>
Date: 09/16/2001 19:05:33
In message <20010916232508.A973@pyy.jmp.fi>, Jukka Marin writes:
>I have three WebGear Aviator cards to save me from lots of Ethernet cabling.
>However, the wireless network barely works - obviously due to the thick brick
>walls (several of them) between the computers. The Aviator cards have a
>built-in antenna which cannot be moved to a better place from the computer.
>The Aviator cards only work at 1 or 2 Mbps, so they are less than perfect
>speedwise, as well.
>What kind of cards should I get for better reliability and performance?
>I was told that some Nokia cards have a detachable antenna and are reasonably
>priced, but I don't know if they are supported by NetBSD (and I haven't
>actually checked the price myself, so they might not be so cheap, after
>all). I have a gateway machine which would have one of the cards and
>the other two would go into my laptop and another desktop machine.
I've never used Nokia cards, but you can buy an external antenna for
the Lucent Orinoco cards. I have one attached to my base station.
--Steve Bellovin, http://www.research.att.com/~smb