[SATLUG] recommendation needed: master mode WiFi

FIRESTORM_v1 firestorm.v1 at gmail.com
Fri Jul 18 23:23:12 CDT 2008

I'll have to give it a shot when I get some cash.. :P  For the time
being I have a Zyxel WAP that I'm using with a tie-in to the 12v 5A
power supply that it ships with.  The thing only eats 700mA at high
load (10+PCs downloading something via BT) and the artigo doesn't use
half that once it's booted so I might just have to run with what I've
got.   I'll keep the solution in mind and investigate the links you
sent me.

Thanks again!


On Thu, Jul 17, 2008 at 6:10 PM, John Pappas <j at jvpappas.net> wrote:
> On Wed, Jul 16, 2008 at 22:00, FIRESTORM_v1 <firestorm.v1 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On the subject of WiFi cards for Ububtu...
>> <ducks>
> I understand the sentiment.  I don't think that that has any raised emotion
> (unlike other threads), but it really is frustrating that it isn't easier to
> "just get working".  Anyway...
> Does anyone have a good recommendation of a hostap compatible or
>> master-mode compatible USB wifi adapter?
> I would recommend the CradlePoint broadband routers.  I do not remember
> which Sprint card you have, but if it is USB (judging by the Artigo form
> factor, it is), you will save much pain/suffering just buying a CradlePoint
> (unless this is a construction mission that you want to persue for "fun", in
> which case, I am not sure which drivers support "HostAp" but some info is
> here: http://linux-wless.passys.nl and
> https://help.ubuntu.com/community/WifiDocs/MasterMode
> I am looking at either the PHS300 ($179, has Li-Ion battery but no ethernet)
> or the CTR350 ($150, no battery + ethernet port), but the CTR500 ($179)
> supports both ExpressCard and USB.
> I am leaning toward the CTR350, as I have a travel battery/inverter set that
> I plan to power the thing with that I bought at AllGen for $10.  I can see
> the PHS300 working if you just want to jump Wifi -> EVDO (battery-power
> would be very useful), plus it is not much different than a travel HDD in
> size (4.7" x 2.8" x 0.8").
>> I am running 7.04 Ubuntu Gutsy and so far have been unsuccessful in
>> locating a prism2 card that I can set in master mode.  This is going
>> on my Artigo so it's not like "I can just toss one in", hence the
>> requirement for USB.I have tried several Linksys adapters and an SMC
>> USB (SMC2652W?).  The SMC card used to work in host mode, back when I
>> was running RedHat 7.3.
> See https://help.ubuntu.com/community/WifiDocs/MasterMode
> The idea is that I can use the Artigo to proxy the connection from my
>> Sprint aircard to the USB Wireless NIC, but I want to use encryption
>> for the local clients.  It's either that or I have to get a wireless
>> AP and carry it with me and use the builtin ethernet NIC for that.
> See PHS300 and let me know if it fits the bill...
> HTH,
> jp
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