Subject: Wireless Access Point
To: None <>
From: David Dudley <>
List: port-i386
Date: 11/01/2007 21:08:28
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OK, gods of the list, I need some advise, here.

I've got a project where I need to build 5 wireless access points, and
around 20 WIFI enabled remote units.

So, here's what I've got, and what I need..........

I've got Soekris 5501 cards (500 MHZ GEODE processor family).  They
have quad-100BaseT RS-45 ports, and I've got Atheros based Ubiquiti WIFI
cards for each.  Since we're a public utility, we've been authorized to
run on the 4.9Ghz Public Safety band, and I've got SuperRange4 cards for
all the wireless points.

Now, the WIFI cards work for remote access to my existing router (as a
client, of course), and I have NetBSD-current installed on the compact
flash cards for each of them (so far, all successful).

I want to run NetBSD on these units because I've enhanced some of the
drivers to support some specialized hardware I have for these units (and
will -eventually- provide those updates back to the project).

I 'think' I need something named HostAPD for the authentication and
authorization, but have no idea how to configure it and set it up (help
please!).  If I understand things correctly, I think I want to run WPA2
authentication as well.

I assume that even with this HostAPD thing, I still need dhcpd to
assign IP addresses for my local network... don't I?

Finally, on the remote units, I'm hoping I can run them as bridges, so
that I can also use the RJ-45 ports on the remote units can be used to
provide network connections for other equipment installed with these
remote units (although that's not a requirement, just a 'wish').

If you can't tell, I'm 'sort of' lost on some of this wireless stuff.

Need some advise!!!!!

David Dudley
City of Corpus Christi

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